Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Wrecks in Walton County, Charged with DUI

Wreck happened at Ga Highway 81 and Double Springs Road in Walton County.

Georgia State Patrol reported that a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy vehicle was involved in a wreck at 1:20 a.m. this morning on Georgia Highway 81 at Double Springs Road in Walton County.

According to the trooper, a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department vehicle ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned several times.  In a press release, GSP reported that nobody was around the vehicle when first responders arrived. They later located the driver, a Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputy, at his residence. He had sustained minor injuries. A female passenger was found walking near the crash scene.

The driver, Robert Christopher Matt, 27, from Bethlehem, was charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to maintain lane and open container. He was taken to Walton County Jail.

The passenger in the vehicle, Katie Lynn, age 27, from Lawrenceville, was taken by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical for treatment of injuries.

Ben October 03, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I have Called/Reported to the Gwinnet County Police Department Twice about the Police Officers Speeding on 78 Hwy, Between Loganville & Monroe, they we going 70 + MPH, I clocked them, with my car, I took there Car number and call in, The Officer In Gwinnett called me back about the reports I made, said they were on there way home and he would talk to the Officers about the speeding, he also stated why did I not call WCSO office about is when it was going on, I said next time I would, Gwinnett County Has a Lot of Speed Traps, I just wonder, if these same Officers are working these speed traps, they have in Gwinnett? They say County Taxes are High, Why don't they let the Officer's Drive there own cars back & forth to work, Pay the Gas like most of us do. So what happen at BoldSprings & 81 Hwy, Does not surprise me. They need to follow the Law like everyone else tries to do, They should set an example for others.
SUNKEN SUB October 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I don't know the man but he certainly should consider a career path change. N O W !
Gail Mastrangelo Collinge October 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
He left an injured woman at the scene??????!!!!!!
Rick October 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Sometimes good people make bad decisions. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Otis The Town Drunk October 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Ah Ha! Ever since I saw Training Day with Denzel Warshington, I reckoned that cops drank on the job. How much did that car cost the taxpayer?
Rex Smithers October 03, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Oh, so a cop being paid by the taxpayers who has a job to arrest taxpayers for driving drunk is good people? Hey Rick, have you ever lost someone in your immediate family because a good people person made a bad decision while driving drunk? I have and I don't consider that person good. She served less than 3 years and my relative is dead forever. Yea... nice people make bad decisions. BS! And I suppose REALLY nice people will make excuses for the nice people drunk drivers.
Roger Long October 03, 2012 at 10:37 PM
What a turd this kid is. I get sick of being passed by cops going 75mph on the road. We pay for his salary, we pay for the car, we pay for the gas. If a cop is driving more than 10 mph over the limit, he should be required to run emergency lights and or siren. While doing so, it should be logged and provided as open public record every time this occurs. I get tired of hearing complaints from citizens and the excuse is "they were on their way to a call". I feel there should be a state referendum regarding this matter. Otherwise, our rulers will continue to abuse our tax dollars while putting lives at risk. This kid is 27 years old and allowed to drive a county police car while off duty. WTH? What a puke to be wasting my tax dollars. This non-sense is why they have quotas that they claim don't exist. BS! One out of Five men are out of work right now but this punk kid is allowed to party in OUR patrol car.
jan October 03, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Is he still on the payroll???????????????
Georgia Republican October 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
He resigned before he was fired.
John Souter October 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
People do make mistakes and I'm sure he'll learn from it but that just happens to be one that can't be made in his position.
Romulus999 October 04, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Ben, you should contact their home agency, repeatedly if necessary. I doubt their running to a call in here in Walton. If it continues to happen, leave a mesg with the HEAT unit of Walton County on the WCSO website, those guys are everywhere!
Rick October 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I agree John


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