The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.
Photo: Monroe Police Department
Photo: Monroe Police Department

JUST IN: Rockdale sheriff’s deputy swerves to avoid dogs, crashes into convenience store

A store employee and a Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy were injured after he swerved to avoid two dogs and crashed into the side of a brick convenience store in Walton County, officials said.

A picture released by the Monroe Police Department shows the deputy’s squad car halfway inside the store at the Sims gas station on West Spring Street.

The Georgia State Patrol, which is investigating the crash, said the deputy was driving on West Spring Street about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday when he swerved to the left to avoid the dogs crossing the street. He went off the road, into bushes and hit a street sign in front of a Taco Bell. He then hit a sign and a light pole, and continued across Breedlove Drive into the gas station.

An employee inside the store was injured when the brick wall was knocked into the store.

The deputy suffered minor injuries and was taken to Piedmont Walton Hospital for treatment.

Monroe is located about 45 miles east of Atlanta. Officials did not say why the Rockdale deputy was in Walton County.

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