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GSP: No citations in Buford Hwy. wreck involving Forsyth deputy

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By: Joshua Sutton

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CUMMING — A Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy will not face charges from the Georgia State Patrol in connection with a two-vehicle wreck Saturday night at Buford Highway (Hwy. 20) and Market Place Boulevard.

According to the state patrol, the deputy was responding to a chase, traveling south on Market Place, when he struck a Toyota Camry that was heading east on the highway.

Tim Meyer, commander of the local state patrol post, said the deputy had activated his emergency equipment to go through the red light when the collision occurred in the intersection.

The driver of the Toyota, a 52-year-old woman, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for observation after reporting chest, elbow and neck pain, according to Meyer.

Meyer said the state patrol, which handled the incident, does not issue citations to on-duty officers. Any charges must be ordered by the district attorney.

According to Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, the deputy is a 35-year-old corporal and nine-year veteran of the agency. He was not injured.

An internal traffic accident review board will look at the incident before determining whether the deputy was at fault and what, if any, disciplinary measures he might face.

“There’s never a point at that intersection where all the lanes are clear. It’s very tough and dangerous, and everyone knows that,” Rainwater said. “There have been accidents there before.”

The initial chase to which the deputy was responding involved a suspected drunken driver, Rainwater said. That person was eventually arrested.