Clayton deputy in coma after crash with DUI driver

Amy Marie Kemper of the Clayton County Sheriffs Office

Amy Marie Kemper of the Clayton County Sheriffs Office

A Clayton County sheriff’s deputy is in stable but critical condition in a drug-induced coma after she was hit on her motorcycle by a suspected drunk driver, said officials.

Sgt. Amy Marie Kemper, 39, suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries in the Saturday night crash in Coweta County, said Clayton sheriff’s Lt. Brian Crisp. Crisp asked that the hospital treating Kemper not be identified because she spent a number of years working as an undercover investigator.

“We don’t want to take a chance on any criminals she locked up finding out where she is and doing any harm to her,” said Crisp.

Kemper is in a drug-induced coma on a ventilator in intensive care, he said. Kemper lives in Hogansville but her family lives in Illinois. Crisp said her parents have been flown down to be with her while she recovers.

Crisp said Kemper covers a number of Clayton County schools as a school resource sergeant.

Christopher Lynn Brown, 26, faces multiple charges including driving under the influence, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane, leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving while on a cell phone and reckless driving. He is being held in the Coweta County Jail.

According to the Georgia State Patrol Post 24 in Newnan, Brown was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer in the southbound lane of U.S. 29 about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he swerved into the northbound lane. Trooper Sgt. Brandon Dawson said Brown drove into a ditch where he hit a culvert and a mailbox before re-entering the highway’s northbound lane.

Kemper was riding her 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the northbound lane and Brown drove directly into her path, said Dawson. The SUV hit Kemper in the left side. The motorcycle ended up in the ditch.

Kemper was airlifted to an Atlanta-area hospital for treatment.

— John Winters of the Newnan Times-Herald contributed to this report.