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HAMILTON v. THE STATE.
34905.
Driving while drunk. Before Judge Carpenter. Baldwin Superior Court. August 24, 1953.
TOWNSEND, J.
This is an appeal from a judgment denying a motion for new trial on the general grounds only. The evidence, while in conflict, was sufficient to authorize the jury to find that the defendant was operating an automobile while under the influence of an intoxicant, and that this influence was of such degree that he was so affected by intoxicating liquor as to make it less safe for him to operate such motor vehicle than it would be if he were not affected by the intoxicant. James v. State, 45 Ga. App. 228 (1) (164 S. E. 104); Hinson v. State, 88 Ga. App. 318 (1) (77 S. E. 2d 63). The verdict, being supported by the evidence and having the approval of the trial court, will not be disturbed by this court. Code 70-202 and cases cited thereunder. The trial court did not err in denying the motion for a new trial.
This testimony was contradicted by the statement of the defendant, in substance that his unsteadiness was due to an arthritic condition rather than to intoxicants, and that he was not under the influence of liquor to any extent whatever. The defendant's contentions were corroborated by several witnesses who testified in his behalf.
R. L. Carr, for plaintiff in error.
DECIDED NOVEMBER 13, 1953.
Saturday May 23 04:11 EDT


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