Chickamauga police officer crashes into motorcycle while attempting traffic stop
According to a Georgia State Patrol crash report, On Monday, May 4th, 2020 at around 3:29 PM, a 2016 Yamaha FZ07 being driven by Matthew Phillips 21 of Chickamauga and a 2020 Ford Explorer fully marked Chickamauga Patrol vehicle being driven by a CPD officer were traveling south on Lee Avenue. The CPD officer advised he had his blue lights activated and was attempting to make a traffic stop, with a white vehicle that was in front of the Yamaha. The Yamaha slowed down and made a left turn in front of the officer. The officer was attempting to pass the Yamaha in a no-passing zone and struck the Yamaha on the left side with the front end of the patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle was not an emergency vehicle as it did not have a siren working before striking the Yamaha. According to the investigating trooper, the CPD officer did not use due regard while attempting to execute the traffic stop. The area of impact, as determined by the vehicle debris and the uncontrolled final rest of both vehicles, was in the northbound lane of Lee Avenue. After viewing the camera footage from the Chickamauga PD Patrol vehicle, the investigating trooper was able to make the correct decision in reference to who the at-fault driver was. Phillips suffered minor injuries in the crash. According to the report, the officer was issued a warning.