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Driver of Jeep in 2-vehicle wreck arrested on DUI, solicitation charges

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The 23-year-old driver of a Jeep which caused a wreck on U.S. 27 South Tuesday night was arrested on a DUI charge and a solicitation of sodomy charge after telling a firefighter, who just extricated him from his vehicle, to give him oral sex.

According to Rome police reports:

Drake Alexander Holcomb, of 5010 Steadman Road, Buchannan, was arrested later Tuesday night after being treated at Floyd Medical Center. He was released from jail Wednesday around noon on a $6,500 bond.

He is charged with misdemeanor DUI, solicitation of sodomy, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions.

Holcomb had been headed southbound in the fast lane on U.S. 27, approximately 3,000 feet from the Darlington Drive exit, at a high rate of speed. Jimmie A. Cope, 54, of 996 Sixth St., Cedartown, was driving in the slow lane in a 2010 Ford F-150 just before 6 p.m.

Cope had attempted to get into the fast lane to pass another vehicle but saw Holcomb approaching and got back into the slow lane. Just before the railway overpass, Holcomb went onto the left shoulder and overcorrected to the right, and his vehicle began to yaw as it sped into the slow lane.

The front of the Jeep then slammed into the rear of the truck, which yawed as well before overturning. The truck was sent sliding backwards into a concrete barrier on the overpass. The truck was turned back upright as it slid, eventually stopping near the median.

The Jeep also hit the barrier, which it slid against until stopping with the driver’s side pinned against a guardrail. Rome-Floyd County firefighters had to use a winch on the side of a squad truck, which is specialized for rescues, to pull the Jeep away from the guardrail. They then had to saw off the driver’s side door to pull Holcomb out.

When firefighters were able to get Holcomb out, he told the firefighter twice to perform oral sex on him. Firefighters and EMS personnel smelled alcohol on his breath while getting him out.

Both vehicles sustained disabling damage. Cope was not taken for treatment.