Clayton woman facing DUI, Hit-and-Run charges after fleeing from wreck

A Clayton woman has been charged with driving under the influence as well as hit and run after she fled the scene from a wreck.

During the late hours Saturday evening, Christie Violet Walker, 41, was traveling on 76 E when she attempted to make a turn onto Rainey Mountain Road.

According to the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office, Walker took her eyes off the road to light a cigarette which ultimately caused her vehicle to roll down an embankment and land on its roof.

When deputies and Rabun County Fire Services were dispatched to the location of the wreck around 10:30 p.m., authorities did not locate Walker inside the vehicle.

According to the report, Rabun County EMS personnel saw Walker fleeing the scene and head towards Dud Creek on foot.

Law enforcement located Walker a mile away from the accident on Dud Creek Spur who told authorities she “ran to her boyfriend’s house because she got scared.”

The responding deputy immediately noticed her bloodshot eyes and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming off her breath. Walker admitted to taking a synthetic narcotic – zanax and was placed under arrest after completing a field sobriety test.

According to the report, Walker stated multiple times that “she was an alcoholic and needed help,” before deputies transported her to the Rabun County Detention Center.

Walker was additionally charged with hit and run for fleeing the scene of an accident.