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Rockdale deputy hurt in crash

CONYERS - A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy was taken to an Atlanta hospital by helicopter Friday afternoon for injuries sustained after his patrol car crashed into a residence on McDaniel Mill Road.

The deputy, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital shortly after the crash that occurred at the corner of McDaniel Mill Road and Adrian Circle. The extent of the deputy's injuries was not immediately known.

RCSO spokeswoman Lt. Myra Pearrell said the deputy's family had not yet been notified.

The investigation of the accident was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol per RSCO policy.

The deputy was traveling south on McDaniel Mill Road with blue lights running in response to a burglary in progress call. As he topped the hill, he apparently lost control of his patrol car and struck a culvert and street sign at Adrian Drive and careened into the front yard of a house at 1020 McDaniel Mill Road, according to GSP spokesman Gordy Wright.

The patrol car severed a utility pole, which caught fire, before crashing into the house. The patrol car flipped over on impact before coming to rest on its roof, Wright added.

"There were two people inside the house, but no one was injured, and the deputy was able to crawl out of his car," Wright said.

Brandy Parker lives in the house with her husband, Jerry, and 9-year-old son. She said her mother-in-law and father-in-law were in the house at the time of the crash while she was at work with her son.

"As soon as I got the call, I high-tailed home and found my house torn up and a police car in my front yard," Parker said.

She was thankful no one in the house was hurt and hoped the deputy was not seriously injured, but she expressed frustration over the incident. It was the third time a car had crashed into their home in the six years they have lived there.

"I've been begging the county to come out here and put in a guard rail to protect me and my family," she said. "Maybe this time they will do something."

Parker said the previous incidents involved drunk drivers. The first time, a car crashed into the carport, damaging supports on that side of the house. In the second crash, which occurred two years ago, a car struck near the same area the deputy's car hit.

Friday's crash left the house uninhabitable, and authorities were helping the Parkers with temporary housing at a local hotel.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com