Doctor Richard Ballard had previous DUI before allegedly striking man
Police have added more charges against a Northside Hospital doctor accused of driving drunk and hitting a pedestrian.
Because of GA Daily News' story, the Fulton County district attorney found out the incident was the doctor's second DUI in six weeks.
Channel 2's Dave Huddleston found out Dr. Richard Ballard's Sept. 28 Atlanta drunk
-driving charge isn't his first offense.
Huddleston obtained a copy of Ballard's mug shot from six weeks earlier, when he was arrested for DUI in Roswell.
That was shocking to Alex Arca, the man police say Ballard hit in September.
"This is something that didn't have to happen," Arca said. "I just hope he gets help. It's a sad situation."
Arca is a reserve Army captain who did three tours in the Middle East. He told Huddleston he's supposed to be on weekend duty with his unit, but can't with his injured foot.
"Every month we have drill and we do P.T. I can't train with my guys. So, missing out on a lot of things," Arca said.
One week ago, Ballard and his prominent defense attorney, Steve Weiner, were in municipal court trying to get his September DUI charge reduced to reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
But with information on the
August DUI, Arca's attorney, Bryan Howard, said Ballard not only faces new charges , but could possibly spend more than a decade behind bars.
"Now he could face up to 15 years in prison under a serious injury by vehicle," Howard said. "The scary thing is he obviously has a problem and he need so some help to take care of this problem."
Meantime, Arca has learned he will need surgery on his foot.
"After that, I've got about another three to six months of rehabilitation, so you're looking at about a whole year of wearing this thing and trying to get back to being better," Arca said, showing Huddleston his cast.
Ballard's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 28.
A deputy is out of jail after police say he drove drunk and crashed into a state trooper. Now an internal investigation is under way. Riverdale ... Full story
- Kari Lynn Bryan: Educator accused of having sex with special needs student
- What ticks you off on public transport? Here's the list of things you hate most
- Ga. man John S. Kristofak pleads guilty in death of estranged wife
- Bank teller Daniel Araujo accused of stealing $10K from elderly customer
- Rapper Chief Keef arrested in Dunwoody
- Police: Women use checks stolen during fatal shooting of Jerrick Jackson
- Recruit George Ward dies training to work at DeKalb County jail
- Decatur woman Angela Riley suffers brain injury in hit-and-run
- Plane Debris Falls on Georgia Woman's House, Walmart
- Tax preparer Thessia Carpenter charged with stealing $200K from state
- Michael Parson: Man who shot wife 8 times gets 35-year sentence
- Hall Co. teacher Tony Ray Wilson accused of exposing himself to co-worker
- Police: Stockbridge man John Wesley Morgan, Jr shoots, kills elderly father
- Athens groom Erick Lamar Stevens accused of punching new bride
- Fayetteville man Terry Davis charged in stabbing death of ex-girlfriend
- Islamic Center sign in Alpharetta vandalized
- Atlanta man Jon-Christopher Sowells arrested during BMW test drive
- Police: Car thief abandons stolen SUV with child inside
- Paulding County man Christopher Michael Smith accused of rape, arrested
- D'souza family accused of embezzling $2 million from dental practice
- Teen Enrique Vallues charged in Fayette County burglary
- Morehouse athlete Chukwudi Ndudikwa accused of rape submits DNA test
- Marine describes four-day wait at VA hospital
- Cobb man Derrick Brown accused of setting off explosive at apartment pool
- Police ID cab driver found dead in Avondale Estates as Dedrick Darcelin, 42
- Oconee man Talmadge Powell arrested in murder of Waffle House waitress Misty Michelle Myrick
- Dekalb police arrest Pharoh Swindle in murder of cab driver
- Jackson County man Marty Reeves arrested for shooting deaths of woman, teen son
- Suspected Dunwoody pill mill doctor Nisar Piracha due in court today
- Cartersville humane society director Brian Canty arrested
- Man killed inside car was Morehouse student Joseph Gibbs
- Paramedics Teresa Davis, Randall Whiddon and patient killed in south Georgia ambulance wreck
- Authorities seek missing 30-year-old Conyers woman Joyce Elizabeth Reid
- Federal indictments charge 2 North Augustans Pat Carroll, Courtney Carroll with Social Security fraud
- Atlanta airport shut down after electrical explosion
- Student athlete Cyril Teal severely injured in Roswell crash
- Anna Hawkins: Local girl dies while car-surfing
- Thieves make off with $500,000 in jewelry in heist
- Former officer Shane Ladner arrested; lied about Purple Heart honor
- Suspect Marvin Bailey hides in attic with 3 children, wife lies to police
- Rockmart man Michael Patterson paralyzed after diving into creek to rescue girl
- Storms topple large trees in Cobb Co. subdivisions
- Georgia convict Marcus Tillman arrested in Calif. after 4 years
- Video: Bank error shows Gwinnett woman Ann Wiley $300 million in debt
- Sandy Springs outages, closures; hard hit by storms
- Gunman opens fire on driver in southwest Atlanta
- Panel to weigh whether Tyrone Brooks should be suspended
- Thieves manufacture cards using stolen credit card info
- NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit Cherokee County
Georgia NewsGet the latest Georgia news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Georgia Newsday.
Rate this article
|PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity||Awkward family photos|
|UPDATED: Faces of Meth||PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter|