The wrecked cruiser sits outside a Gwinnett County Sher... The wrecked cruiser sits outside a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. (WGCL).
CBS Atlanta 46

A county sheriff in Georgia wrecked his patrol car while driving drunk and then fled the scene of the accident, according to police.

Robert Christopher Matt had been a member of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office for four years when he careened off Highway 81 early Wednesday morning. He was nowhere to be found following the accident, but police said they found his injured girlfriend wandering along the road shortly thereafter.

"He was such a good boy," an elderly neighbor told 11Alive News. "I've never seen him drink a bit, so this is news to me."

The wrecked cruiser flipped several times after hitting an embankment. Police later located Matt at his home approximately 5 miles away, and charged him with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain a lane and possession of an open container in a vehicle.

A spokesperson for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office said that Matt had permission to take his cruiser home, but was prohibited from driving it off-duty, prohibited from carrying passengers and prohibited, obviously, from driving it drunk. The spokesperson also said he resigned following his arrest.


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      ectullis
      • 2 Years Ago
      They only good thing you can say about cops is that they are a "necessary evil".
      • 2 Years Ago
      Women. They drive you to drink. And drink you to drive. If only he'd abandoned her before he got into the car, none of this ever would've happened.
      Z06 owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a waste of a career. Oh well, it opens a spot for someone else.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's too bad.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time to start hitting some meetings.
        Allie
        • 2 Years Ago
        AA meetings are pointless. The ones my ex used to go to served alcohol.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Allie
          what you dont know about AA would fill a book,Allie.
          KrushKrills
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Allie
          oh yeah which meeting was that? i call bs
      laddagokid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems to me,that someone is not doing their job when they hire theses idiots.They are to gun happy.
      fhoutex
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's sad to see so many negative comments...the guy made a mistake, and happened to be a cop---big deal/shame on him...........how many of you commentors are law enforcement officers?...if I were a cop, and had to stop you people, I'd be drinking too....why don't you guys man-up, risk your lives daily, and take the place of all these so-called losers you're referring to....I'm sure there are no takers here, just a bunch of potato wussies...
        jijjhnsn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fhoutex
        Too many mistakes not "a" mistake. See the listed law broken in the article. 1. Driving drunk 2. Carrying a passenger 3. Living scene of accident 4. Abandoned his girl friend
        Susan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fhoutex
        Do you think Officer Matt used that same "logic" when it came to arresting OTHER drunk drivers - the logic of oh - you made a mistake? I doubt it very seriously! It would be interesting to know exactly HOW he DID treat those he arrested for the same violation - especially if his actions were "over the top" OR if they were made with a bit of "understanding"
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fhoutex
        YOUR IGNORANCE IS BLESSED. HE BROKE THE LAW AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE FULLEST. TO DRIVE DRUNK AND SAY ITS OK BECAUSE OF HIS JOB RESPONCIBILITIES AS A POLICE OFFICER, IS A CRUTCH. THEN TO LEAVE HIS GIRLFRIEND OUT THERE TO DEFEND FOR HERSELF? A REAL COWBOY WOULDN'T LEAVE HIS HORSE FOR DEAD.
      ravenovich
      • 2 Years Ago
      just another case of a Pig being a Pig, cops thugs with guns one and all. the best solution to cops/pigs stay away form them or fire them all. your safer not calling them than you are calling them. again thugs with guns one and all im just surprised he didn't beat or shoot someone as he fled the crime. when you are more likely to be beaten or shot or crippled by a cop in this country than a criminal that says there is a problem and our corrupt court systems are even worse. just sad that i was born in this country and thereby forced to be a citizen there of.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ravenovich
        A cursory glance at the history of murder, robbery, thefts, brutality and irresponsibility done by some cops is enough to convince me that your comments are largely correct. The worse part is, the cops who do not engage in criminality under the protection of their badges, are guilty of aiding & abetting those who do. So, they are just as guilty of the criminality. I've grown weary of seeing/reading about cops who have been called to an emergency only to make the emergency a tragedy. E.g., shooting a beloved pet, murdering a sick family member, traumatizing young children, destroying property, etc... There was a local story about a family that had called the police to provide a tip on crime. The cops show up at their home and immediately open fire on the family's pet Golden-Retriever who was carrying a ringing cordless phone in its mouth to its owner. No apologies were offered and the cops were not charged with a crime. That law-abiding, good-Samaritan family experienced heart-break because they reached out to law enforcement in an effort to help solve a crime. They became victims of the shoot-first, ask questions later mentality of our law enforcement system.
        lenny87brown
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ravenovich
        Could it be that you have experienced a negative encounter with law enforcement? Have several family members that are frequent guests of the graybar hotel? Desire to lie, cheat, steal and bully your way to get your wishes fulfilled? Your global assertion concerning all police officers merely reveals several flaws in your cognitive processes and your moral development. The genuine sadness is your failure to be responsible--if our legal system is so intolerable, move. Relocate to a country where such wholesale corruption doesn't exist. Otherwise, stop whining about your biased interpretation of your limited experience while you benefit from the freedoms and liberty our constitution, judicial system and law enforcement provide you.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's a guy that ****** up good, if the job is too much to handle then do something else, we don't need another ******* drunk on the road with us.
      animal2605
      • 2 Years Ago
      From many of the comments, shows what I told one dirty cop. He was a former undercover drug cop and started stealing some drugs and money from his busts, then started using and selling some of the drugs he stole. When I had my chance to rip into him verbally, I pointed out as to how he brought all cops down into the mud. How he was a black mark on us all at both ends of the law enforcement spectrum. I have known many good cops and not all are bad, but I do agree there are those who think they are above the law. They think they can do whatever and should get away with it. They are wrong. They are supposed to be examples of how others should be. As for those who violate the law and their policies and proceedures, are worse than pigs.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      His brilliance is overwhelming!
      dorwin49
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh, what a nice boy- sure am proud of this one. His girlfriend better dump this loser.
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