A WALB News 10 investigation finds that Albany Police Officer Gary Price, who's assigned to desk duty because of a June crash, has been involved in or had a part in nine crashes.
In addition to wrecks in 2005, 2007, and 2012, Price crashed Albany Police cars in 1999 and 2000, three in 2005, and one in 2008.
Here are the dispositions of those collisions:
12/6/1999 - written reprimand
12/13/2000- one day suspension
3/23/2005 - unavoidable - no action
3/25/2005 - poor judgement - action recommended
10/2005 - Erica Acree crash - no action (during chase)
6/2007 - Klewitz crash - two dead - no action (during chase)
11/2008 - pregnant woman crash - 15 day suspension (during chase)
12/3/2010 - unavoidable crash - no action
6/2012 - ran red light crash - desk duty
Albany Police Officer Gary Price is on desk duty as APD investigates a crash he was in last month. But WALB News 10 has learned Price has been involved in nine crashes.
Six times he crashed APD vehicles, three other times suspects he chased crashed into innocent motorists.
December 6th, 1999, one year after he was hired by APD, Price wrecked a police unit.
The accident review board ruled that the accident was avoidable and that he used poor judgment. Price was given a written reprimand.
Less than a year later, on December 13th, 2000 Price was involved in another crash on North Front Street.
Once again the accident review board ruled that the accident was avoidable and that he used poor judgment. Price was suspended for one day.
In March 2005, he had two wrecks in two days. The first was ruled unavoidable, but the review board ruled the second was because of his poor judgement. The board recommended a written reprimand.
In October 2005, Price chased a suspect on East Second Avenue who crashed into Erica Acree. She still suffers memory loss from the crash.
In June 2007, Price chased drug suspect Bobby Jones, who hit Billy Klewitz head on. Both Jones and Klewitz were killed.
Five months later, in November of 2007, Gary Price chased a suspect who slammed into the car of a pregnant woman and two children. They survived the crash.
Price was suspended for 15 days after refusing to back-off the chase after his supervisor ordered him to.
A year later, he was re-assigned to APD's uniform division.
In December 2010, Price had a police car wreck, but it was ruled unavoidable.
The most recent crash happened June 30th. While streaking through an intersection with his blue lights on, Price ran a red light and slammed into a truck, injuring two adults and five children. The employee incident report shows that Price was responding to an unwanted guest call on Lee Street. He says he looked away to check the address and that's why ran the light.
Price is now on desk duty as APD continues to investigate the latest crash.
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