published Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Catoosa sheriff says policy on traffic stops will be changed

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk
Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk this afternoon addressed accusations that his deputies had covered up traffic stops involving FBI Agent Ken Hillman, saying officials have reviewed all information and there was no wrongdoing.

However, Sisk said at a news conference, his office will change its policy on how deputies respond to traffic stops.

Last week, the Times Free Press reported that Fort Oglethorpe Officer Greg Cross admitted to his current boss that when he was a sheriff's deputy he had pulled Hillman over when his bumper was dragging the ground and the agent appeared intoxicated.

Cross told Chief David Eubanks that he had allowed Hillman to call another detective to pick him up and drive his federal vehicle home.

Hillman is currently under FBI investigation.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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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