In most states, police officers must generally obey all traffic laws when they are on patrol. However, if they are engaged in an emergency operation, with their lights and sirens engaged, they may forsake certain traffic laws that the general public must obey. This said, police are required to exercise all due care even during emergencies. Most police departments have policies in effect for when police officers can disregard traffic laws. There have been occasions, however, when police have used their lights and sirens just to proceed through an intersection. When this happens and an accident results, the police officer may be issued a citation. The police department may also be liable for damages.
11 Alive reports that a Conyers police officer has been involved in an accident while trying to proceed through an intersection.
The incident occurred on March 6 at the intersection of Ga. 138 and Flat Shoals Road.
The Georgia State Patrol said that Officer Earrett Green was crossing through the intersection when he hit another vehicle. Preliminary investigation suggests that the officer “failed to use due regard” while traveling.
At the time of the collision, a Ford F-250 was traveling southbound on GA. 138 and had the green light. Officer Green allegedly failed to clear the intersection before passing through the intersection. The front of the F-250 hit the passenger side of the patrol vehicle.
The patrol vehicle then rotated and struck a 2000 Mazda Protégé.
The driver of the truck suffered from minor injuries. The driver of the third vehicle suffered no injuries. Officer Green suffered major injuries to his lower body and taken to Atlanta Medical Center.
The GSP Specialized Reconstruction Team responded to the scene. They will be handling the investigation.
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