Report: Georgia Deputy Who Drove into Gas Station Might Have Been Asleep
ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news story reported at covnews.com, a crash report suggests that the deputy who crashed into the side of a gas station in Monroe, Georgia, might have been asleep. The deputy told responding officers that he had swerved to try to avoid hitting two dogs in the road.*
Rockdale County Sheriff’s deputy Michael King Ramsey, 60, was driving a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicle on West Spring Street in Monroe. His account of the events that followed was that he saw two dogs run into the road in front of him, and he veered left to try to avoid striking them. He said he didn’t remember what happened after that.
Ramsey’s vehicle crossed from the westbound lanes of the road into the east lanes, then drove over the curb and ran through some bushes. He continued on and hit a street sign and drove through the Peach State Federal Credit Union parking lot, after which he jumped another curb, hit a business sign, and crossed over Breedlove Drive.
The Crown Victoria then drove through the parking lot of a gas station and slammed into the east side brick wall of the gas station’s building. Ramsey’s car hit the wall with such force that it drove partially into the building and knocked over an interior wall. The wall fell on an employee of the gas station, 46-year-old Jennifer Schrantz, of Monroe, giving her a concussion.
In the crash report created by Georgia State Patrol, Troopers noted that Ramsey said he had been sick for several days and had recently taken over-the-counter cold medications. Troopers also noted that they suspected he was fatigued or asleep at the time of the wreck.
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