A Georgia officer pulled over his boss, the county chief deputy, in June and wrote him a ticket after catching him flaunting the law by driving a department Dodge Charger 96 miles an hour in a 35 mph zone on a two-lane road, resulting in a temporary suspension.
(Video Credit: Atlanta News First)
“Guess who I just pulled over,” the officer asked a coworker on his phone on June 20, according to bodycam footage that was obtained by CNN. “The chief deputy, driving a f***ing Dodge Charger. A souped-up Dodge Charger belonging to the sheriff’s office. I just clocked this son b*tch at 96 in a 35.”
Despite deciding to pull Henry County Sheriff Chief Deputy Michael Yarbrough over, the officer seemed mildly hesitant to give him a speeding ticket.
“What was his issue, why was he speeding?” his coworker asked.
“No [sic] reason. He’s just got a high-horsepower car. He’s in an unmarked car, and he decided he wanted to play,” the officer responded.
The Henry County Ga.Sheriff’s Office suspended its chief deputy for one week without pay after he was caught speeding 96 mph in a 35 mph zone. Obtained body camera footage and a citation report that shows only a warning issued to Chief Deputy Michael Yarbrough. pic.twitter.com/zHla3DsmW0
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He asked his unidentified colleague how he should handle the situation given who was involved. The officer told him it was his stop and his decision. Following that, the officer decided to write his boss a ticket.
“Well — you know I don’t care for him. So, I’m going to write his ass,” the officer can be heard saying over the phone.
He casually approached the Dodge Charger and simply said to Yarbrough, “Really?”
The chief deputy did not look happy but his passenger, who was apparently another officer, leaned over and smiled. The unnamed officer handed his boss the citation, which required Yarbrough to appear in court, ensuring disciplinary action.
“If you would sign right here. Please slow down, have a safe day,” the officer told Yarbrough before allowing him to drive off.
As the officer walked back to his car, he was heard laughing before saying, “That’s freaking awesome.”
Yarbrough has been a law enforcement officer for 33 years. He has headed up the county department since 2021.
Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett released a statement over the incident and told CNN that Yarbrough was on duty at the time of the infraction but he had not been driving with his lights or sirens on:
Chief Deputy (Yarbrough) reported to me immediately after the traffic stop occurred that he was issued a citation for speeding. Any questions related to the citation itself should be directed to the Henry County Police Department. After reviewing the facts of the incident, I suspended the Chief Deputy for forty hours without pay for the severity of the traffic citation.
According to Fox5, Criminal Defense Attorney Kevin Fisher has handled thousands of cases involving traffic offenses including high-speed offenses and he commented on the handling of the incident.
“When you get into excessive speeding, high 90s, I see a lot of cases where the offender is taken right to jail,” he told Fox5. “They’re given more than just one ticket, it may be coupled with reckless driving or racing.”
“I’ve dealt with the police that have no problem pulling other officers over for DUI, and they’re not let go,” Fisher said. “So to hear that someone at that high of speed that could put a lot of people at risk … They should be treated like anyone else.”
According to CNN, attempts were made to reach Yarbrough and the police department directly for comment but they were unsuccessful.
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