Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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On June 30, APD police officer Gary Price, who was driving an APD SUV collided with a Ford F-150 pickup on Jefferson Street at Whitney Avenue.
ALBANY — A law firm is investigating a case against the city stemming from a June 30 crash on West Whitney Avenue at South Jefferson Street.
Albany Police Department Cpl. Gary Price failed to stop at a red light, smashing his patrol SUV into a Ford F-150 pickup and sending two adults and five children to the hospital.
“Based on what we already know, it is clear that the involved police officer should not have been permitted to operate a police department vehicle, which needlessly compromised the public safety and resulted in the multiple injuries sustained by these minor children and young adults,” an email from Randy Turner, an attorney with Turner & Ross of Marietta, said.
What Turner probably knows is that Price has a lengthy history of on-duty crashes. That history includes 11 injuries, two deaths and a $525,000 liability payment.
According to records from the city attorney’s office, while with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit or the city police department, Price has crashed six patrol vehicles. He gave chase on three occasions after suspects who later crashed into other drivers.
A chronology, according to the records:
December 1999, patrol car wreck, poor judgment and written reprimand.
Dec. 13, 2000, patrol car crash, poor judgment, one-day suspension.
March 2005, two wrecks, first unavoidable, second poor judgment, written reprimand.
October 2005, chased suspect who crashed into a woman in another car.
June 2007, high-speed chase of drug suspect Bobby Jones. Jones lost control and smashed head-on into Billy Klewitz, killing them both. No discipline action.
November 2007, refusing orders to back off, Price chased a suspect who crashed into a pregnant driver with two children passengers. Discipline: 15-day suspension.
December 2010, patrol car wreck, ruled unavoidable.
June 2012, Price ran a red light, case remains under investigation while Price is assigned desk duty.
Police Chief John Proctor has directed all questions to Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis. Davis would not discuss a case under investigation and facing litigation.