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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      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!
      Z06 owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a waste of a career. Oh well, it opens a spot for someone else.
      kluj1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just a hunch......resigned...but will be payed while under investigation...lol
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kluj1
        Then he'll be able to collect his pension as well I bet?
      laddagokid
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems to me,that someone is not doing their job when they hire theses idiots.They are to gun happy.
      mamoseley3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another reason why off-duty officers should NOT be driving cars that don't belong to them. This "nice boy" just cost the taxpayers a chunk of change by driving drunk in a PUBLIC vehicle. Now comes payback time. Make HIM pay for the damage to the patrol car and then kick his butt to the curb. He should be treated like a "regular drunk" and pay the price they pay. PERIOD! We don't need this kind of person representing the public and getting by with such behavior. PS -- The "powers that be" won't post my comment. Sounds like discrimination to me. Others have posted their opinions with no difficulty. Why mine? Technical difficulties? I doubt it seriously.
        gbp91
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mamoseley3
        grow up and stop driving drunk your self
      no7mk1
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...cops today are nothing more than modern day Gestapo....
        grkow
        • 2 Years Ago
        @no7mk1
        Every naive citizen who doesn't realize law enforcement is a dishonorable profession should Google Police Code of Silence Facts Revealed
      Theycallme_Mr.Tibbs
      • 2 Years Ago
      ouch...
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what you do with the taxpayers money? Drive around drunk and fornicate with the ladies on company time in a company vehicle? I believe that he should be prosecuted to the maximum that is allowed in that state, take those driving privilages away. Also he should not be allowed to be a member of law enforcement again, he was sworn in to uphold the law and should abide by them as any other citizen. No excuses. Charge him double time now that he is criminal he should be treated as such!
        WMEY
        • 2 Years Ago
        Everybody's entitled to make a mistake - even a cop. You should have used the word "persecute" because that's what it sounds like you want done. Hopefully the courts and his peers don't react the way you do. You sound like a half-witted moron anyway.
        Roni
        • 2 Years Ago
        I believe he was off duty
      daveles5
      • 2 Years Ago
      YA BUT HES ALLOWED TO DO THAT RIGHT? I MEAN HE IS A COP SO NO RULES APPLY! HE COULD HVE RAPED HIS GIRLFRIEND SHOT HER AND RUN OVER THE JUDGE AND THEY WOULD STILL SAY HE WAS IN THE RIGHT!!!!......PIGS RIGHT?.....THIS WILL GET FAR WORSE IF WE DONT DEMAND THESE BULLIES GET FIRED AND REAL TIME...MUCH LIKE ANY OF US WOULD!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Imagine having such a diseased mind trying to enforce the so called law. DANGEROUS..DANGEROUS, indeed! He is of the type tht will murder innocent person who tries to ask him for assistance of any kind.
      Dick
      • 2 Years Ago
      He is an embarrassment to the people of Georgia and the men in women in law enforcement that work so hard to protect us!!!!
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