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      Rome man charged with DWI and reckless driving after early morning car crash

      Francis C. Lusby

      A Rome man is charged with DWI and reckless driving after an early morning car crash Thursday.

      According to Rome Police, shortly after 3:00 a.m. an officer was called to the area of Park Drive Manor for several complaints of a silver car speeding around and squealing its tires.

      As the officer arrived at the scene, he noticed the car driving fast and swerving through the apartment complex lot and tried to stop the car.

      Police say the driver, 28-year-old Francis C. Lusby, of Rome, refused to stop and continued speeding south onto Floyd Avenue.

      The officer, who had his emergency lights and sirens on, ended his attempt to stop Lusby in the 1100 block of Floyd because of the driver's speeding and recklessness.

      Police say minutes later, a second officer going north on Floyd came across a car wreck in the 600 block of Floyd involving Lusby.

      Police determined that Lusby had left the road and drove across several residential yards, then struck and split a utility pole.

      Lusby suffered a cut to his face but was otherwise unharmed from the crash.

      He has been charged with a number of vehicle and traffic violations as well as DWI, reckless driving and fleeing a police officer.