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DUI charge dropped in officer arrest

GAINESVILLE -- Drunken driving charges in Hall County have been dropped for a Gwinnett police officer whose actions were questioned in a fatal mother-daughter shooting last summer.

Officer Lyndsey Perry, a 10-year Gwinnett police veteran, saw DUI charges dropped to misdemeanor reckless driving after pleading no contest June 15, a Hall County State Court representative confirmed Wednesday.

Perry was ordered to serve 12 months probation, 40 hours community service and to pay $1,000 in fines.

An internal investigation into the matter by Gwinnett police is pending.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper arrested Perry, 35, of Dacula, in the early morning hours of April 24 after pulling her over for speeding and detecting an odor of alcohol. Perry, driving her 2006 Jeep Wrangler at the time, refused a breathalyzer at the Hall County Sheriff's Department, authorities said.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Perry remains on administrative duty as the internal investigation persists.

"We anticipate (it) to be completed in the next couple weeks," Ritter said.

Perry's attorney, Richard Ryczek, declined comment.

Perry was cleared last December in the controversial shootings of Penny Schwartz, 51, and her mother, Barbara Baker, 75, after police were called to Baker's Duluth home July 21.

Police said Schwartz was suicidal and pointed a gun at the officer, prompting gunfire that struck both women. Family members decried Perry's actions as an excessive use of force.

A two-pronged internal investigation found Perry acted within policy and procedure.

The case was probed by the Gwinnett police deadly force investigation team and the professional standards unit, which routinely conducts parallel investigations into deadly force incidents.

Comments

wtf 3 years, 9 months ago

wow and she still serving as a Police Officer what is happening to the respect that these officers are to up hold

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pcjohn 3 years, 3 months ago

How lovely! Yet another example of how you can be exempted from all the rules when you put on that tarnished badge. A killer and a drunk. What a cop, huh?

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