A Hall County Sheriff’s deputy and one of his K9s are expected to be back on the job Tuesday after being involved in a traffic accident Friday morning.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Jeremy Prickett and K9 Bella will return to work on Tuesday. K9 Timo, the other K9 who was also involved in the accident, is still recovering. The agency reports that Timo suffered several cuts and scratches and will return to duty soon.
Prickett and two K9s suffered minor injuries when their Hall County Sheriff’s Office Ford F-150 rear-ended a tractor-trailer around 10:25 a.m. Friday on Browns Bridge Road west of Gainesville.
The two K9s were in their kennels in the back of the pickup truck when the crash occurred.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident.
Originally published on November 12 at 6:40 p.m.:
Charges are pending after a Kentucky man allegedly rear-ended a Hall County Sheriff’s Office K9 vehicle Friday morning, injuring a sheriff’s deputy and two K9 officers.
The Georgia State Patrol says the collision happened around 10:25 a.m. on Browns Bridge Road with a tractor-trailer pulling an F-150 pickup truck owned by Hall County.
“The driver of the truck, Hall County Deputy Prickett, stopped in the roadway due to traffic,” GSP said Saturday night. “The front of the tractor-trailer struck the rear of the Hall County patrol car. Then both cars stopped on the side of the roadway.”
Officers identified the driver of the tractor-trailer as 60-year-old Jeffrey Rennie of Mount Sterling, Kentucky.
The two K9 officers, named Timo and Bella, were in their kennels – located in the bed of the pickup truck – when the collision occurred.
“Both K9s were transported to a local veterinary hospital for treatment of their injuries,” GSP said. “Deputy Prickett sustained minor injuries and was not transported.”
Specific charges against Rainey are said to be pending completion of the investigation by the State Patrol’s collision investigation team.