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Deputies' illness prompts investigation

July 10, 2007

Lee County --  A GBI probe has been launched after two Lee County Sheriff's deputies fell  ill Sunday.

Both deputies got drinks from a local fast food restaurant. GBI Investigators have questioned several employees at the Sonic Drive-in on LeDo Road.  They're trying to determine if drinks bought at the restaurant are the source of the illness. 

According to the Sheriff's office, Deputy Yvette Miller picked up two drinks at the Sonic on LeDo Road for herself and Deputy Shane Gosa.

The two officers then went their went separate ways, but both began vomiting about 30 minutes later.  Blood has been drawn from both of the deputies and the drinks were saved. 

The drinks have been sent to the crime lab in Atlanta for analysis to determine if they might be the cause of the sickness. 

So far, several Sonic employees have been questioned, but it hasn't been determined if the restaurant is the source of the sickness.

Late this afternoon Sonic issued a statement in which they acknowledged the GBI investigation and says Sonic is communicating regularly with the GBI on the matter.  The Sonic Statement points out that the cause of any potential illness is not known at this time. Neither deputy was hospitalized and both are back on duty.

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