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Caught on tape: Drooling driver wakes up, gets in 5-car crash, then runs away

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News cameras were rolling when a man behind the wheel of a pickup truck was spotted slumped over and stopped in the middle of the road before a wreck. News cameras were rolling when a man behind the wheel of a pickup truck was spotted slumped over and stopped in the middle of the road before a wreck.
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Police in Atlanta are searching for a driver who was caught on camera causing a multi-car crash and then fleeing the scene.

News cameras were rolling when a man behind the wheel of a pickup truck was spotted slumped over and stopped in the middle of the road before a wreck.

"He's either drunk or very sick. Something is clearly wrong with him," a caller told 911.

Atlanta-area reporter Liz Artz, with WSB-TV, called 911 after passing the Dodge Pickup truck on the Buford Connector Saturday afternoon. The truck was stopped in a lane of traffic and the driver sat slumped over and drooling.

"He stopped in the middle of the road blocking traffic," Artz said.

Other drivers noticed the man too.

"Something was not right about him," one witness said.

A Georgia Department of Transportation HERO unit eventually showed up and tried to wake the man and take his keys. That's when the two got in a scuffle and the driver sped off, nearly hitting the HERO worker.

The truck smashed into two cars causing a chain reaction that resulted in a five car accident. 

Michael McKinnon's BMW was in the middle of it all.

"It was really scary and I just looked over and made sure Erica was OK," McKinnon said.

The HERO worker made one more attempt to stop the man, but he managed to get the key out of the truck and the driver ran off.

The man climbed a tree and jumped over a barbed wire fence. Police arrived a short time after the driver fled.

Police still have not found the driver. No one was seriously injured in the accident.

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