City manager to make decision on policeman's job

James Taylor

James Taylor

ALBANY, Ga. -- A decision on the employment of an Albany Police Department officer with a history of on-duty vehicle crashes rests with Albany City Manager James Taylor.

Police Cpl. Gary Price was recommended for termination after a June 30 on-duty crash that injured five residents in a Ford F-150 pickup.

City officials held a hearing involving Price and his attorney on Monday about whether the city would retain Price as an employee. Taylor must decide within 10 business days of the hearing.

"I have more data to look at," Taylor said Wednesday. "I'll make the decision by next week, Thursday or Friday."

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 attempting to catch 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.


Margie 2 years, 10 months ago

Mr Taylor, he is at risk to the community. I am certain that he needs a job, but driving. In fact you need to put something in place wherein citizens can report officers that drive reckeless. I've been on the highway or raod and see a policeman fly by me at a high rate of speed, and I am thinking, what is down the road... often times, I found NOTHING. Some policemen used their vehicle to hurry to lunch, home, to park, or to get off duty. Please don't put this man back on the highway, if you do, I am no doubt you will regret it eventually. The signs are there...would you give an alcoholic another drink, and tell him to drive home? Would you give a drug addict , drugs? Will you leave your wallet out with money in it in from of a know thief? DO NOT PUT THIS man behind the wheels of a vehicle that is own by taxpayers. Yes, taxpayers own those vehicles, and if the city is sued, it is taxpayers that will reap the repercussions. But, more importantly, you do not want the injury or death of a human being on your conscious. The officer has earned his right, NOT to drive. Your job is also to help protect the community. I am certain that there is something that he can do. Don't fire him, but take him off the street in public vehicles. Now, what he does in his private personal time is his business. But, there is another accident to come, let it be in his own personal automobile. There are too may so called laws that protect police officers when people are injuries or killed as a reuslt of their actions.


Twosons 2 years, 10 months ago

This is a no brainer. Sounds like a discipline probelm. Let him go.


FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 10 months ago

Why in the name of god hasn't this lethal weapon been fired? I know there is such a thing as due process but this guy is living of taxpayer's money while the city drags its feet because of due process. This should not have taken more than a month, six weeks at the most.


Cartman 2 years, 10 months ago

Don't fire him. Just revoke his drivers' license.


rightasrain 2 years, 10 months ago

A slap on the wrist and he'll be back aiming the front of his cruiser at another unsuspecting civilian driver.


bigbob 2 years, 10 months ago

Would be a real easy decision if he wasn't black in Albany.


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