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FCSO will review deputy's crash
Policy allows for take-home car
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy who was injured Saturday morning when his patrol car hydroplaned on Hwy. 369 is recuperating at home, authorities said.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Michael Cartledge was released Sunday afternoon from North Fulton Hospital, where he was treated for what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The single-vehicle wreck occurred about 7:30 a.m. Saturday near Julius Bridge Road in neighboring Cherokee County.

The sheriff’s office said Cartledge, a two-year veteran of the agency, was traveling east to start his shift in a 2008 Dodge Charger when the vehicle apparently hydroplaned and struck several trees.

Cartledge, who was wearing his seat belt, was taken by Cherokee County emergency personnel to the hospital in Roswell, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

Forsyth authorities said they are awaiting a report from Cherokee, but that the rainy and wet conditions that morning were contributing factors in the crash.

Maj. Rick Doyle, director of operations, said the local sheriff’s office allows deputies to take home cars under certain circumstances, with supervisor approval.

According to Doyle, Cartledge shared the vehicle with another deputy, which in the past has been a reason to allow employees to take cars home due to the short turnaround before their next shift.

That policy is expected to be reviewed in the near future, he added.

As for any disciplinary action as a result of the wreck, Doyle said the Forsyth County Accident Review Board would issue a decision based on the results of an in-house investigation.

He said the board would take “appropriate action” based on the circumstances of the accident and prior history of the employee.