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APD officer recommended for termination

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, Ga. - City officials confirm that Cpl. Gary Price, the Albany Police Department officer who was involved in a car accident in June that sent two adults and five children to the hospital, has been recommended for termination.

APD Spokeswoman Phyllis Banks directed questions on the matter to either the city attorney or the city manager. Assistant City Manager Wes Smith was able to confirm that such a recommendation had been made.

Smith said he anticipates that Price will be in a hearing with the city manager regarding his future with the APD. He declined further comment due to the issue being a personnel matter.

On June 30, Price was driving a patrol Chevrolet Tahoe that ran a red light on West Whitney Avenue and South Jefferson Street when it struck a Ford F-150, causing it to overturn. Reports indicated that Price's blue lights were flashing when he was going through the intersection.

Price has been involved in other accidents during his time as a law enforcement officer, including a June 2007 chase that resulted in the deaths of two people.

See Saturday's Herald for more details.

Comments

Terihdfxr 2 years, 3 months ago

It’s about time. He should have been let go long time ago. Before all the law suites began. City will still have to pay for his carelessness.

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

The city won't have to cough up much. Fortunately the victims received only minor injuries.

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Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

the deaths of two people are not what I would term as minor injuries.

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jglass 2 years, 3 months ago

Cartman was talking about the recent accident. He should have been put on desk duty right after his first accident that did kill two people and never allowed to drive a patrol car again.

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Hoodie 2 years, 3 months ago

Bet he files a discrimination lawsuit if he is ultimately terminated......

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whattheheck 2 years, 3 months ago

For once, a good decision. We don't need someone on the APD that is as dangerous to the public as he is.

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bigbob 2 years, 3 months ago

They should also go after his POST certification or he will just go to another town and run over people. They'll probably let him resign.

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Hoodie 2 years, 3 months ago

He will be the one with a lawsuit if terminated...

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 3 months ago

My question is what has taken so long? And the comment that they won't get much because the injuries are minor--WRONG. The victims are entitled to past medical bills, anticipated future medical bills, past pain and suffering, FUTURE pain and suffering, if there are any lost wages, they are entitled to reimbursement; if there are any visible scars, that is considered disfigurement. .Multiply that by 6. This is easily worth $250k for the six. Not to mention punitive damages because the APD knew or had reason to know that this guy was a danger to the public (prior reprimands). Yep, I could see the price tag double, This is not a cheap lesson to learn. Again, why did it take so long for the APD to make a decision?

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Cartman 2 years, 3 months ago

FlunkMonk, you are correct in itemizing the types of damages which can be sought in most any automobile collision case. However my understanding was that fortunately, the most recent accident did not cause significant injuries. Due to sovereign immunity, the City can only be held to damages up to, but not beyond, the amount of insurance coverage they have for motor vehicle collisions. The prior knowledge of APD and the City regarding the officer's past record will probably be declared inadmissible as evidence because you cannot obtain punitive damages from a municipality in a case like this.

And to clarify my earlier post; I do not consider the 2007 deaths to be anything less than catastrophic and devastating to the families. I was commenting on the first post which addressed the most recent collision.

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