A Gordon County Sheriff’s Office truck was struck yesterday morning by a Calhoun man who has been charged with DUI while the deputy sheriff was supervising an inmate work crew.

According to the report:

At approximately 10 a.m. Friday morning, a uniformed deputy sheriff was supervising an inmate work crew collecting garbage on the Red Bud Road near the Crane Eater Community when his Sheriff’s Office truck was struck in the rear by another vehicle.

Billy Eugene Hall, 47, was allegedly driving the Jeep SUV that swerved to hit the truck that was parked off the roadway, on the right-of-way with warning signs posted and blue lights on at the time of the collision.

The deputy suffered injuries and was taken to Gordon Hospital by ambulance. No inmate workers were struck or injured.

Hall was also taken to the hospital where he was arrested by Georgia State Patrol for DUI and other traffic charges.

Troopers from the Calhoun GSP are continuing their investigation into the crash.

"This incident is a reminder of the dangers faced by deputy sheriffs every day, even when engaged in public service duties," said Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston. "Motorists should be aware of inmate work crews on County Roads and State Highways and exercise caution."

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