State troopers say a Douglas woman was driving under the influence Friday night when she turned the wrong way onto the 2700 block of U.S. 17, striking an oncoming motorcyclist and injuring him.

Erica Coleman, 30, was arrested and charged with DUI and driving on the wrong side of the road, according to Georgia State Patrol report. Coleman also was charged with driving with a suspended license, having an open container of alcohol and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Gregory Bailey, 21, of Brunswick, was taken by ambulance to the Brunswick hospital of the Southeast Georgia Health System with a fractured femur and internal injuries, according to GSP and Brunswick police reports.

According to the GSP report, the 10:39 p.m. crash occurred when Coleman pulled out of the Palms Motel at 2715 U.S. 17 and turned north into the highway’s southbound lane. Troopers said she then tried to turn left into a parking lot just north of the motel, just as Bailey was driving his motorcycle south in the outside lane. Troopers said the front left of Coleman’s 2002 Mercury Marquis struck the front of Bailey’s 2015 Suzuki.

Both the car and the motorcycle came to a rest on the west side of the road.

Reporter Larry Hobbs writes about government, public safety and other local topics. Contact him at or at 265-8320, ext. 320.

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