City settles lawsuits in officer's multiple crashes

City settles lawsuits in officer's multiple crashes
Price is the Chief of Police in Meigs
Price is the Chief of Police in Meigs

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders approved a settlement to victims in a crash caused by a former Albany Police officer win a long history of crashes and dangerous chases Tuesday.

Former officer Gary Price caused three other crashes while on the job and was involved in three chases that led to crashes.

During one of those chases in 2007, a drug suspect crashed into Billy Klewitz's car. Both drivers were killed.

"Its fair to say too many," said City Attorney Nathan Davis. He says the city does not have a policy specifying the number of crashes an officer can be involved in before being terminated, but thinks this is a perfect example of why there should be something in place. "This ought to be the poster child for establishing something like that."

And the money to pay for this settlement comes right out of taxpayer dollars. "We have no liability insurance so this comes right out of the city's general fund."

Davis says compared to other claims this one is one of the largest the city has ever paid out. "Nothing of this significance."

He says workers at the Risk Management office will cut the check Tuesday.

The settlement of more than $400,000 from the city's risk management fund goes to D'Mitria Kennard, Shykem Nix, and Irish Kennard.

The victims were approved the money to cover medical expenses after former Corporal Gary Price broadsided their truck while responding to a call on June 30th 2012.

The pickup they were in flipped upside down, and the impact trapped the driver, ejected a one-year-old child, and seriously injured the other three passengers.

It was the ninth crash Price was involved in on the job between 1999 and 2012.

Two people were killed and 11 injured in crashes that Price was involved in or that resulted from chases he was involved in. He was fired from the police department in 2012.

Price was later named Chief of Police in Meigs, GA.

Here is previous coverage of Price from WALB-

Feb 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Price's job rests with city manager

Sep 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Board hears evidence on APD officer

Jul 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Families hire lawyer after APD crash

Jul 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

WALB uncovers additional APD crashes

Jul 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

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