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November 11, 2013

Deputy charged in off-duty wreck; alcohol suspected

MOULTRIE — A deputy sheriff who wrecked his patrol car in a Friday night accident in which alcohol is suspected will be on unpaid leave pending the results of a blood test.

Auther Wayne McBryer, 56, was booked Monday on charges of pending driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions and seat belt violation, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Julius Cox said.

He served as the agency’s transport officer and has been with the sheriff’s office since March 2003.

McBryer told superiors at the sheriff’s office that he was listening to a high school football game at a neighbor’s residence on Chambers Road when he got an alert of a burglar alarm at his son’s residence nearby on Kendalwood Church Road, Cox said. The son was out of town at the time that he got the alarm shortly after 11 p.m.

“He got in a car and went to check on their house,”  Cox said. “He got a mile, mile and a half from the house and there’s a pretty good curve. Speed also was probably a factor.

“He’s a good guy, a good employee, a good person. He made a bad decision.”

McBryer lost control and went off the road, Cox said, and was unable to regain control when the air bag deployed and prevented him from steering the car.

The Georgia State Patrol said that the 2008 Crown Victoria left Kendalwood Church Road in a curve as McBryer was driving south and began rotating counterclockwise. The car came to rest after the rear end, front end and passenger side struck trees.

Cox said that the trooper transported McBryer to Colquitt Regional Medical Center, where a blood sample was taken.

McBryer’s passenger June Key, 68 was extricated from the car and airlifted to a Tallahassee hospital, Cox said. She is expected to make a full recovery.

McBryer will be allowed to use his sick days and then take a leave of absence.

“He will be on leave without pay pending the completion of the investigation by the Georgia State Patrol and the results of the blood alcohol (test),” Sheriff Al Whittington said.

The sheriff’s office will ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to expedite the blood tests at their laboratory, Whittington said.


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