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Sheriff’s office hires police officer fired by neighboring agency after patrol car hit fleeing felon

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The Georgia police officer who was fired by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department after his cruiser hit a fleeing felon was hired by the Neighboring Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, spending only two days without a job.

Deputy Taylor Saulters was given the boot by ACCPD after his patrol car stopped fleeing suspect Timmy Patmon, striking the felon at low speed in an attempt to cut off an escape route while his partner pursued on foot.

Patmon was taken into custody by two officers as bystanders berated the officers for their tactics.

Amidst the public outrage, Saulters was fired.

However, he soon found a job with the OCSO after Sheriff Gabriel determined the agency would be a good fit.

“If his name sounds familiar it is probably due to the fact that he was recently terminated by ACCPD for an incident where a fleeing felon struck his patrol car while he was attempting to apprehend him,” Gabriel said in the statement. “In talking to Saulters the first question he asked was if our citizens supported law enforcement. Without hesitation I assured him they did and that we have excellent people that live in our county. I have no reservations about Dep. Saulters serving this community.”

“As a citizen of Oglethorpe County you will find the wisdom of this decision in getting a deputy of this caliber,” Gabriel added. “If you still have concerns I will discuss them with you if you contact me. If you are not an Oglethorpe County resident, I wouldn’t worry about it.”

According to ABC News, Patmon was wanted for a felony probation violation in relation to a previous arrest for possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. After being corralled off by a cruiser, he was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and is currently being held on $1,500 bond at Athens-Clarke County Jail.

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