published Friday, March 1st, 2013

Officer admits pulling over FBI agent after apparent wreck

A Fort Oglethorpe police officer has admitted to his supervisor that when employed by Catoosa County he pulled over a federal agent whose “bumper was almost dragging the ground” after an apparent wreck but didn’t arrest him.

Officer Greg Cross also told his boss, Chief David Eubanks, that he suspected that Special Agent Ken Hillman may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Cross made his statement to Eubanks after Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk told the Times Free Press “there is no evidence” that anyone on his staff ever pulled Hillman over under suspicion of drinking and driving and then let him go.

The alleged incident involving Hillman occurred last year.

Cross, a former Catoosa County Sheriff’s deputy, now works for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department.

Cross’s statement is the latest in a string of revelations this week concerning multiple North Georgia law enforcement agencies and a federal agent who was already under scrutiny.

The allegations that FBI Agent Ken Hillman may have been abusing his authority with Catoosa County Sheriff’s office employees first came up in a letter that local attorney McCracken Poston wrote to Sisk last Friday asking the newly elected sheriff to bring in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Sisk declined to investigate any of his officers, saying officers have discretion when they make traffic stops and it’s not like Hillman is being accused of being “falling down drunk or in a wreck.”

Questioned by a reporter after Cross admitted to pulling Hillman over in what appeared to be after a wreck, Sisk said: “I didn’t know anything about that.”

Hillman, the special agent in charge of the Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force, is already under federal investigation. He is also accused of abusing his authority with the Ringgold Police Department by asking Sgt. Tom Evans to give him and two women he was with a ride from a Ringgold nightspot to an apartment in Chattanooga.

Neither Hillman nor the FBI will comment on the allegations.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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