A deputy who lost control of his patrol vehicle and crashed into a home on Salem Road May 25 was found to have violated Newton County Sheriff's Office procedures, according to documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request.
The NCSO accident review board reported to the county that Deputy Joey Salers violated the NCSO standard operation manual, section 16-5 B (3), that requires a deputy's response to accident calls to be in proportion to the magnitude of the accident. "Officers responding to the scene of any accident will drive in a safe manner with due regard for persons and property," the manual states.
In addition to being barred from driving a patrol car for a year, he received a 5 percent pay cut for 13 pay periods, starting July 1.
Salers, 24, a trainee who joined the patrol division at the beginning of the year and had been with the jail division for about three and a half years, had previously been involved in an accident during a chase and received administrative sanctions, according to NCSO Lt. Mark Mitchell, and received verbal warning with the county.
According to a Georgia State Patrol report, Salers lost control of his vehicle while responding to an accident call around 3 a.m. when he reportedly saw a deer in the road.
The 2008 Ford Crown Victoria he was driving skidded off the road and flipped over multiple times before stopping at 4924 Salem Road, knocking out the brick pillar of a car port and crushing the bed of a pickup truck.
Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the accident.