Driver facing charges in deadly ATV crash now in the custody of CCSO

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#UPDATE |The man accused of flipping an all-terrain vehicle, causing the death of a 20-year-old girl, is in custody tonight after a search through the weekend.
20-year-old Bentley Joseph Devore is facing several charges, including DUI and vehicular homicide.

Columbia County deputies began searching for DeVore shortly after he was treated and released at a local hospital because of injuries received in the accident.

“They put it out on social media and the news outlets, and I believe that lead him to turn himself,” said Seargent Ty Moley. “We were contacted this morning, and he said he would be turning himself in.”

The incident report states that DeVore was on Morris Calloway road in a two-seat can-am with Morgan Shea in the passenger seat. At some point, DeVore lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to spin before rolling over.

“When we got to the scene, we found the utility vehicle on Morris Calloway Road,” said Mobley. “The two occupants have been ejected from the vehicle. We started marking the scene during our investigation, which led to determine Mr. Devore was the driver.”

Shea died as a result of the crash, and Columbia County authorities explain why DeVore wasn’t arrested at the accident scene

“We were still investigating,” said Mobley. “We had enough evidence to determine Devore as the driver. We were also still waiting for the outcome of Morgan Shea.

DeVore is no stranger to law enforcement. In July 2019 he was arrested on felony fleeing, criminal damage to property, and firearm possession after a high-speed pursuit in Burke County. That chase lasted more than 40 miles and exceeded speeds of 130 miles-per-hour. DeVore was sentenced in January and is now on felony probation.

It’s uncertain at this time if Bentley DeVore will be facing any other charges. Probation has placed a hold on him.


APPLING, Ga. (WJBF) – A man is facing charges related to a deadly accident involving an ATV in Columbia County.

20-year-old Bentley Joseph Devore is facing a number of charges including DUI and Vehicular Homicide.

The incident report states that Devore was traveling south on Morris Calloway Road in a two-seat Can-Am with 20-year-old Morgan Shea in the passenger seat.

At some point, Devore lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to spin before overturning, ejecting both Devore and Shea.

Shea reportedly died as a result of the crash.

According to Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Devore was transported to the hospital by a family member, treated and released.

Devore is now wanted on the following charges in the accident:

  • Failure To Maintain Lane 40-6-48
  • Reckless Driving 40-6-390
  • DUI Less Safe 40-6-391(a)(1)
  • Driving While License Suspended 40-5-121
  • Vehicle Homicide 1st Degree 40-6-393
  • Open Container 40-5-253

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