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Deputy's patrol car slams into home
No one seriously injured
The severed street sign at the intersection of McDaniels Mill and Adrian Circle lies on the ground. The damaged house was boarded up and the family was provided housing at a local motel. - photo by Michelle Kim

A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office patrol car lost control and tore into the front of a residential home around 3 p.m. Friday afternoon. The driver and residents managed to escape serious injury.

Deputy Brian Epps, 25, was responding to a call for a burglary in progress and heading south on McDaniel Mill Road with lights and sirens on. Near Adrian Circle, he reportedly lost control of his patrol car and it veered off the road and ran into a mail box, fire hydrant and street sign before running into a telephone pole, breaking the pole in half, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brian Marks. The pole caught fire from the power lines before being put out.

The car then continued into a residential yard, striking the front length of a house, tearing into the walls.

"It struck the house and once it hit the house, it rolled over onto its right and came to a rest on its roof," said Marks.

Two elderly residents were home at the time of the incident, but neither was hurt.

The deputy was reportedly able to get out of the car on his own and was life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries.