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Lawsuit looms after crash

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.

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.

Comments

VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

Anybody want to bet who wins this lawsuit? Actually the woman deserves to get some money out of this.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 5 months ago

There are some very good police officers in APD and that has to be affirmed. However, the administration and political oversight of APD has suffered for years. Administrative corruption, poor management skills and political bs have contributed to the deteriorated state which currently exists. A major factor also has been that there is not enough public funds to protect this community and cover the self-serving interests of all the political egos. Our community will never have adequate police protection and enforcement until law enforcement agencies are re-organized on the basis of reason, need and financial support. In this community we have APD, DCPD, DCSD, DCSP, City Marshal, Darton Police, ASU police, GBI, GSP, FBI, SS and the Howdy Doody gang at Code enforcement. Look at the crime and civil instability in this town. Granted we have no control over state and federal units but they provide support for specific functions which help local LEA. What the heck is going on. When is there going to be a rational public conversation by our civil leaders to consolidate, organize, economize, streamline and improve the public safety system in Dougherty County. If we don't do this our taxes will be like paying ransoms for our safety.

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bigbob 2 years, 5 months ago

This is a great example of what Albany is all about, protecting their own. If this cop was a normal citizen he would have lost his license for life a long time ago. Now APD is doing the investigation into the last accident, I can't wait to see what they come up with that the pick up driver done wrong to contibute to the wreck. You know they can come up with some bogus charges around here.

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ontario1966 2 years, 5 months ago

APD can be good and do a great job very rarely! But to keep a police officer like this? Is a crime in itself to the community! GBI needs to investigate the entire APD!

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MRKIA 2 years, 5 months ago

AN ORDINARY CITIZEN WOULD BE SERVING PRISON TIME AND LOSE THEIR LICENSE FOR LIFE. I'M TIRED OF POLICE COMMITTING WHAT ARE ESSENTIALLY FELONIES AND STILL ON THE FORCE. BTW: IN MANY NEWSCASTS YOU SEE MANY GROSSLY OVERWEIGHT OFFICERS. THEY COULDN'T CATCH A 6 YR OLD IF THEY RAN FROM THEM. IF I WAS A CROOK I'D RUN FROM THEM TOO IF ONE OF THESE BIG BELLIED FATBOYS CHASED ME.

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billybob 2 years, 5 months ago

APD has suffered from a lack of leadership because many good, qualified candidates for leadership positions are eliminated from consideration because they are not black. The same can be said for many leadership and government positions in Albany, and the city suffers for it.

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VietVet1 2 years, 5 months ago

Please tell me the logic why APD has kept this guy around? Hopefully the lawsuit will put a huge dent in Albany insurance.

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Jacob 2 years, 5 months ago

Wow. Even for apd, wow.... Yall get ready for a tax increase albany. Keep voting for clowns and you will keep having a circus.

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ontario1966 2 years, 5 months ago

Billybob, what you said is the same problem here on base, at MCLB. So if anybody thinks this base is equal opportunity, well you are so wrong!! If your white? Than your not right.

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rock 2 years, 5 months ago

It is not so much if you are balck, but the amount of nepotism that permeates the system. There is one section that the branch head has his wife working for him, hired wife's daughter and then her husband, this is just one of thousands of examples of how the base is run. The Main Bldg has been the joke of the Marine Corps for hiring women based looks and cup size and for hiring old friends regardless of qualifications. Anyone who works, has worked, or visited the base knows what a joke 3700 is.

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bubbavet 2 years, 5 months ago

The department head and the individual should be held responsible for this blatant lack of common sense. They should pay for the lawsuit not the tax payer.

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ontario1966 2 years, 5 months ago

Hey Rock! I agree with you 100% the Marine Command if they know about this, needs to be ashamed and replaced, and if they don't know, well now is the time for the Commander of the Base to do a total review of ALL Departments, and this also includes the warehouses! Trust me we have Aunts, Uncles, Moms,Dads, to Brothers and Sisters all together, and I know for a fact 80% of them never did a day in the military! so they are not a military vet! Which is who these jobs were made for.

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