Rome police officer Brandon Pledger said it took some time to unravel exactly what happened Saturday after a 2014 Mazda hit a utility pole on East 12th Street around 11 a.m.

Pledger said originally police were told Cody Lee Barron, 25, of a Rome address, was driving the vehicle.

It was later determined that Jonathan Duke Jr., 21, of 908 Oakland Ave., first thought to be a passenger, was actually the driver, according to Pledger and Floyd County Jail records.

Duke was charged with obstruction, DUI, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspected or revoked license, according to jail records.

He was being held on $1,300 bond late Saturday.

Barron was treated and released from FMC and is likely facing charges, Pledger said. A female passenger declined treatment.

The Mazda was headed west on East 12th Street when it struck the pole. Georgia Power was called to the scene.

Rome police officer Michael Peters said Duke and Barron appeared to be arguing before the crash.


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