LAWRENCEVILLE — A decorated Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department deputy resigned Wednesday, hours after flipping his county-issued patrol vehicle in a DUI crash that hospitalized his passenger, officials said.
Four-year department veteran Robert Christopher Matt, 27, is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to maintain lane and open container. The accident happened near Matt’s Barrow County home.
The Georgia State Patrol responded to the crash at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday on Ga. Highway 81 at Double Springs Road in Walton County.
A trooper found that a Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department vehicle had run off the roadway, struck an embankment and rolled several times. No one was at the scene, but a passenger in the vehicle, Katie Lynn, 27, of Lawrenceville, was found walking nearby. She was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment, officials said.
Matt, the alleged driver, was found at his residence in Bethlehem, suffering from cuts, scrapes and bruises. He was arrested and booked at the Walton County Jail, the Georgia State Patrol reported.
Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Boyd said Matt was not on duty at the time of the incident. Boyd described the injuries Matt and his passenger suffered as minor.
Later Wednesday morning, Matt submitted his resignation to the Sheriff’s Department, which was effective immediately. He had been employed with the department since November 2008, and was assigned to the civil unit, Boyd said.
In a press release, Sheriff Butch Conway said he was “highly disappointed” in the deputy’s alleged actions. Until Wednesday, Matt had a good work record with several commendations that included the “Life Saving Award” for his actions in saving an inmate’s life who attempted suicide, Boyd said.