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UPDATE: Officer involved in accident on Hwy 71 in Varnell, GA

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE:  A Varnell, Georgia police officer is back on the job after crashing his patrol car into another vehicle throwing the driver onto the pavement.   Officer John Patrick Hayes was placed on administrative leave.   Georgia State Troopers tell Channel 3, Hayes collided with a jeep Cherokee after the officer attempted a u-turn.
Our partners at the Times Free Press report  a Varnell Police Department Review Board will meet with Hayes to discuss his role in the crash.
No word on when that will take place.
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UPDATE: 
New details in a crash involving a Varnell city policeman.
Officer John Patrick Hayes was placed on administrative leave according to procedure.
Georgia State Patrol tells Channel 3 that Hayes collided with a Jeep Cherokee when the officer attempted a u-turn.
The driver of the Jeep, David Gambrell, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown out.
He is expected to be ok.
The crash is still under investigation.
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UPDATE: 
The names of the Varenell officer and other driver in an accident this week have been released.
Officer Patrick was driving his police cruiser when he was involved in an accident with a Jeep Cherokee driven by David Gambrell. 
Gambrell was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from his vehicle. 
The cause of the accident has not been released nor the condition of Officer Patrick.
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 A Varnell City police officer was involved in a wreck Wednesday evening.

The Georgia State Patrol  worked the accident on Highway 71 in Varnell.  Varnell is located in Whitfield County.

GSP reports that two vehicles were involved in the accident that happened in front of North Whitfield Middle School. 
The driver of the passenger vehicle was airlifted to Erlanger.   Any injury to the police officer was not released.

The investigation into this accident continues.



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