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

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The search is on for a driver caught on camera causing a multi-car crash -- then fleeing the scene.

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

Atlanta-area reporter Liz Artz was one of the first to call police.

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

WSB-TV called 911 after they passed a  Dodge Pickup truck on the Buford Connector Saturday afternoon, stopped in a lane of traffic the truck was running and this man sat slumped over and drooling. 

"He stopped in the middle of the road blocking traffic." 

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 with cameras rolling the driver sped off nearly hitting the HERO worker. 

WSB photographers stayed on the truck as he 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."

"Everybody okay over there?" 

But it wasn't over yet.  

Atlanta Police had still not arrived to the scene. 

The HERO worker made one more attempt to stop the man. He managed to get the key out of the truck and that's when the driver took off. 

"All of a sudden he jumped out know...." 

TV crews then watched him climb a tree and jump over a barbed wire fence. 

Police arrived a short time after the driver fled. 

"I was afraid he was going to get hit by a car when he got over the fence up there."

Police still have not found the driver.

No one was seriously injured in the accident.

-- From CNN Pathfire

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