As of Friday, January 4, 2013
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Clayton News Daily
JONESBORO A Clayton County police officer recently became ill twice after breathing large amounts of carbon monoxide while driving his patrol car.
The officer, whose name was not released by police, was patrolling his area Wednesday when he started feeling nauseous and complained of having a headache, said Clayton County Police spokesperson Lt. Chris Windley. The officer told his immediate supervisor it was not the first time he’d had the symptoms. He told his supervisor he also felt ill while on patrol in his patrol car New Year’s Eve, said Windley.
“[Monday] the officer did not report any physical concerns or vehicle mechanical issues to his supervisor,” said the lieutenant.
Windley said the officer returned to work driving the same patrol car Wednesday and began to have the same symptoms. This time, he reported his illness to the supervisor.
Police had the car checked for possible carbon monoxide at a county fire station.
“Upon performing the check, it was found that the patrol vehicle was releasing high carbon monoxide emissions into the interior of the vehicle,” Windley said. “The Clayton County vehicle maintenance shop was contacted in reference to the issues with the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the maintenance shop for further evaluation.”
The officer was evaluated at a medical facility where he was treated and released, Windley added.
Police did not give the name of the medical center where the officer received treatment.