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Sheriff's deputy faces obstruction charges

BETHLEHEM - Two Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies are on administrative leave and face obstruction charges after police were called to their home in response to a domestic dispute last week.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said Lt. Derrick P. Locklear and Cpl. Rose Linder work at the Gwinnett County Jail and were arrested at their home in Bethlehem on March 4.

"Both were arrested and brought to the jail," Bourbonnais said.

According to a police report, Locklear began cursing at officers who arrived at the home at 3765 Wynter Frost Walk in Bethlehem.

After attempting to throw a bicycle at an officer and swinging and kicking at officers, Locklear was arrested and charged with obstruction.

Linder was also arrested but police are not releasing a supplemental report containing the information concerning her.

The incident report for Locklear's arrest did not mention why Linder was arrested; she was only listed as an offender on the report with charges of obstructing an officer.

Bourbonnais said both deputies are on paid administrative leave as part of the department's policy.

"A professional standards investigation was opened and the investigation should be complete later this week," Bourbonnais said. "That is when the sheriff will make his final decision on what to do."

Bourbonnais did not know the relationship between the two deputies but said they listed the same home address on the police reports.