Fayette deputy ruled at fault in crash that injured 2 people

A Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy involved in a June 21 collision with a vehicle at Ga. Highway 314 and White Oak Way in Fayetteville while responding to a report of a possible shooting was found by state and county traffic investigators to be at fault in the causing the accident.

Ga. State Patrol Senior Trooper R.M. Collins in his report said the marked patrol vehicle operated by Deputy Clint Patton was traveling east on White Oak Way en route to an emergency call and had its emergency lights and siren activated. Patton was traveling at a high rate of speed and, upon approaching the intersection with Hwy. 314, attempted to turn north as the Ford Explorer driven by Gerald Sudduth was traveling south on Hwy. 314, Collins said.

The deputy failed to stop at a posted stop sign and failed to yield to the oncoming vehicle, Collins said. The Explorer with its front end struck the front left side of the patrol vehicle as it entered the intersection, the report said. The Explorer prior to the collision skidded 75 feet, Collins added.

Collins’ report noted that the patrol vehicle’s onboard video system was activated and had recorded the collision.

A July 27 review by the sheriff’s Vehicle Collision Review Board determined that the collision was preventable and recommended that Patton be suspended from duty for 16 hours.

Injured and requiring hospitalization as a result of the two-car collision were Fayetteville residents Gerald and Linda Sudduth, occupants of the Ford Explorer.

Gerald Sudduth suffered a number of injuries and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. Linda Sudduth was also suffered a number of injuries and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.

Dep. Patton was also injured and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.

Reports also noted that both vehicles suffered extensive damage.

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mixed feelings

So, unlike the folks who think the deputy was protected somehow because he's "royalty" I think he got a fair shake. He was obviously at fault...deemed so by his peers at GSP and got time off for it. I doubt workers comp would pay for that accident so he'll be out other resources too I guess. It's awful that he and the other people were injured but since when do you go to jail for injuring people in a traffic accident?

Also, lets please get out of the practice of lumping every single LEO in a giant pile and assuming they all act and think the same way. They're individuals. Some are good at their job and some aren't. Some are dumb and some are clever. Some are decent, moral people and some are aren't.

On another note...I am concerned with the way I've seen some in marked FCSO cars speeding on Hwy. 54. Going 70MPH with no lights/siren. This is against the law and I wish more more people would report it so the higher-ups can take care of it.

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What about the Sheriff's wife?

Didn't she cause a wreck responding to her own home lights and siren because her house alarm went off? Something other LEO's do not do for the general public, and caused a wreck? Was she found at fault??

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Highway wrote:

Didn't she cause a wreck responding to her own home lights and siren because her house alarm went off? Something other LEO's do not do for the general public, and caused a wreck? Was she found at fault??

The other driver was cited. However, that driver was pursing a civil action against the FCSD. I don’t know outcome.

http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/08-24-2010/fayette-county-sheriff-han...

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Highway

You must understand that such royalty, including judges, is protected by cover-up!

If we start putting the law into jail who will put the other crooks into jail?

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I'm sorry that the couple were injured...

but the article also leaves out that Officer Patton was seriously injured as well, requiring hospitalization and surgery too. Yes, he should have yielded, but how fast was the Explorer going if it slid 75 feet before hitting the vehicle??

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Explorer and 75 foot skid

Let's see where did I put that slide ruler? Move to set speed and weight of the vehicle, road condition and grade value, add a drag coefficient factor and......................oh that's only 41 to 42 MPH. You commoners that don't have a slide ruler can use the hyperlink below.

http://www.harristechnical.com/skid33.htm

I'm curious; what difference does the speed of the Explorer make in this issue?

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Well, 16 hours resting ought show the officer how to act!

Iy air a nown truf that ossifers in the line of dutie cant dono rong. Obvious this ossifer didnt do none neither. Jist lak the sherifs wif did norong oncest.

I stil find it amazin he was ponished so much atall.

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A shooting and gunshots fired

are two different things but apparently some deputies equate the two.

This is the result of the county tightening the rules for shooting guns in the county.

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Cops Stink

They should send that cop down to PTC so he can do something more useful like give out seat belt violation tickets... really stop some crime. No reason to go after a thug going northbound on 314 or 85 anyways. They will end up in ReeferDale anyways. Although the sheriff dept I think can go anywhere in the state and make arrest.

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Emergency Vehicle Operators have to follow the rules of the Road

If this deputy attended the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) given by the GA Dept of Public Safety in Forsyth, then he knows that lights and sirens do not exempt him from following traffic laws. It is for incidents like this. The Emergency responder must get there safely to help anyone and no other victims should be caused.

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Deputy Ruled at Fault

"Patton was traveling at a high rate of speed and, upon approaching the intersection with Hwy. 314, attempted to turn north as the Ford Explorer driven by Gerald Sudduth was traveling south on Hwy. 314, Collins said."

That's a tough one since the officer shifts his mental conscious and focuses on answering the call rather than driving safely. I hope everyone recovers from their injuries and that the Sudduths are made whole.

I also hope that the FCSD provides initial and recurrent training for deputies to combat this. If not, punishing the deputy is not going to fix the problem.