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Man in motorized wheelchair gets DUI at Conyers grocery store

CONYERS, Ga. -- An area man is facing charges of driving under the influence after he allegedly ran into a grocery store wall and damaged plants with his motorized wheelchair.

Police said the incident happened in the Kroger parking lot in the 1700 block of Highway 138.

The owner of a damaged vehicle said that the suspect ran into the back of her gray Nissan Armada and began to use profanity toward her before leaving the scene.

Though reviews of a surveillance video showed that the vehicle had actually backed into the wheelchair, according to the police report, the driver's accusations that the wheelchair-bound man appeared to be under the influence were later confirmed to be true.

While police interviewed the owner of the damaged vehicle, they saw the suspect in front of the store on the sidewalk backing into the building and over plants in a Rascal brand motorized wheelchair.

Police said they smelled alcohol on the suspect, later identified as Danny Mitchell, and were allowed to administer a portable breath test.

Mitchell admitted to taking Valium and Trazadone along with drinking a pint of alcohol.

He was taken to an area hospital and was issued citations for driving under the influence of combined substance and public drunkenness.

When police ran his record, they also found an active warrant out of Covington for failure to appear on public drunkenness and criminal trespass citations.