published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Catoosa County Jail employee investigated

A employee at the Catoosa County Jail is under investigation after he wrecked his car into a gas pump when a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over.

Paul Taylor, Jr., 32, was weaving across Battlefield Parkway about 11:30 today when the deputy asked him to pull over, said Sheriff Phil Summers in a news release. But Taylor didn’t immediately stop, Summer said.

The deputy followed Taylor until he turned into the parking lot of Conoco Convenience Store and struck a concrete barrier between the gas pumps, Summers said.

Taylor, who is a detention officer at the jail, was taken to Hutcheson Medical Center for what appeared to be a reaction to prescription medication, Summers said.

The Georgia State Patrol was requested to investigate the accident, he said.

Taylor will be placed on administrative leave waiting internal review by the sheriff’s office, Summers said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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