A Clayton County police officer was involved in a crash Thursday morning on Garden Walk Boulevard.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Clayton County officer extricated from patrol car after rollover crash

A Clayton County officer had to be extricated from his mangled patrol car Thursday morning after he was T-boned by another vehicle, authorities said.

Police spokesman Officer David Portis said officers didn’t know the two-vehicle crash on Garden Walk Boulevard involved one of their own until they arrived just after 3:30 a.m. The front of the officer’s patrol car was crushed, trapping him inside.

Clayton County fire and rescue crews worked quickly to extricate the officer, identified by the Georgia State Patrol as 22-year-old Qiyamah Girard, and rush him to Atlanta Medical Center.

The other driver, a 22-year-old woman, was also injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Both are stable, according to police.

State troopers were called in to investigate the crash. They determined the woman was leaving an apartment complex and attempting to cross Garden Walk Boulevard to continue onto Garden Ridge Drive when her Nissan Altima struck the patrol car on its right side. 

The Nissan spun out and eventually came to a stop just off the roadway, the GSP said. The cruiser also spun out but hit a curb, causing the vehicle to overturn. It took out the stop sign at the corner of Garden Walk Boulevard and Garden Ridge Drive before coming to rest on its left side.

“The driver of the other vehicle failed to yield when entering the roadway and was found to be the at-fault driver by GSP,” Portis said in a statement. 

No charges were filed, according to the state agency.

A Clayton County police cruiser was heavily damaged in the crash Thursday morning on Garden Walk Boulevard.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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