The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation Tuesday after a suspicious traffic stop turned out to be one initiated by a Georgia Department of Corrections officer.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Thursday announcing their findings after a citizen contacted the office about a traffic stop believed to be ‘extremely suspicious.’
From the press release:
…the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a citizen that he was pulled over by law enforcement on Highway 301 South near the intersection of A.J. Riggs Rd. The complainant felt this interaction was extremely suspicious. The Sheriff’s Office could find no records indicating that an original jurisdictional agency had conducted a vehicle stop in this area. Due to a recent report of a similar incident near the City of Brooklet, an investigation was initiated. investigators and Deputies were able to identify the person conducting the stop on 301 South as a Georgia Dept. of Corrections Officer. While, as a peace officer, he had lawful authority to conduct a vehicle pullover, it does appear this probably violated his departmental policy. As no criminal offense occurred, this incident was turned over to the Department of Corrections to deal with internally.
At this time, this does not appear related to the incident which occurred near Brooklet.
The Sheriff’s Office added that any similar incidents should be reported to BCSO and they will continue to work leads on the active case near Brooklet.
TheGeorgiaVirtue filed an Open Records Request Thursday morning seeking any pertinent information from the BCSO investigation as well as documents related to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
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