Bulloch County sheriff's deputy resigned Friday after a crash in which he was found at fault. The deputy was not charged in the crash but resigned when faced with a mandatory blood alcohol and drug test.
In a statement released Tuesday after the Statesboro Herald inquired about the incident, Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown said Dakota Womack submitted his resignation after being told he would be subjected to a blood test per department policy.
Womack, 21, was not suspected of intoxication at the time of the crash, which took place around 10:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Veteran's Memorial Parkway and Cypress Lake Road, according to reports by Georgia State Patrol Post 45 Trooper 1st Class Joshua Benefield.
Womack, in a 2016 Ford Explorer sheriff's patrol vehicle, stopped at a stop sign on Cypress Lake Road but failed to yield, pulled out and struck a 2009 Nissan Rogue driven by Britteny Oglesby, 20, of Akins-Smith Road, reports stated.
Neither was injured. Womack was issued a warning for failure to yield. He was not tested at the scene for intoxicants or at a hospital immediately afterward, reports said.
However, when faced with an in-house blood test, per Bulloch County Sheriff's Office policy, Womack "immediately indicated he would resign his position" with the Sheriff's Office, Brown said.
"Apparently, Deputy Womack admitted to smoking marijuana" in the recent past. Brown said marijuana will appear in blood tests "for approximately 30 days" after use.
Womack gave a blood sample and turned in his equipment along with his resignation, he said.
Any positive reading in the blood test would have resulted in termination, according to Brown.
The blood test results were given to the Georgia State Patrol, and Womack's resignation and circumstances surrounding it will be reported to the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, he said.
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