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Henry County Police car involved in collision

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

A Henry County police officer was involved in an automobile accident Tuesday in McDonough.

The crash happened at the intersection of Macon Street and Race Track Road. There were no reported injuries as a result of the accident, according to Henry County Police Sgt. Rene Swanson.

Henry County Interim Police Chief Keith Nichols said Henry Police Officer Blake Mills was responding to a call, using his emergency equipment, when the accident occurred.

"He did have the blue lights and sirens on, he slowed down for the red light, but did not come to a complete stop. He is at fault for the wreck," Nichols said. "He was not issued a citation. We will handle the fact that he was at fault internally, through our disciplinary procedure."

It is the policy of the Henry County Police Department to have every officer involved in an accident appear before an accident review board, according to the interim police chief.

Reginald Walker, 21, of Ellenwood, was reportedly driving the other car involved in the accident.

Walker said he had the green light, and was driving through the intersection when he saw the police car with its emergency lights on, traveling on Macon Street.

"I was coming across [on] Race Track Road, and I was going straight," he said. "I came to the midpoint of the intersection, and by the time I reached the midsection, I'm hearing the sirens, and I looked up to see where it's coming from. When I looked up, he was right in front of me, [going] the other way, when I hit him."

Walker said he tried to stop, but could not avoid the collision.