A deputy sheriff with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office has resigned after being arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Frances Farmer, of Conyers, resigned from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Sunday afternoon after arrest charges were made early Saturday morning. At approximately 3:10 a.m., Rockdale deputies received a 911 call of an accident with injuries in the vicinity of 2818 Zingara Road. Deputies arrived on scene to find a vehicle had left the roadway and three persons injured. Deputies learned that the driver was an off-duty Rockdale deputy. A sheriff’s supervisor requested the Georgia State Patrol to respond in order to conduct the accident investigation. At the completion of the investigation, Farmer was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. She was transported to the Rockdale County Jail. Farmer posted bond late Saturday afternoon
The passengers had visible injuries. One passenger was transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.
“Due to the seriousness of this accident and the fact it involved an off-duty RCSO deputy, the on-scene RCSO supervisor requested the Georgia State Patrol to respond to investigate the accident,” said Chief Deputy Scott Freeman. “In any case where we have an RCSO deputy that has been involved in an accident, especially with the suspicion of DUI, we request the GSP to investigate in order to ensure complete transparency and objectivity. Deputy Farmer was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence based on the accident investigation conducted by the Georgia State Patrol and taken to the Rockdale County Jail where she was booked on that charge as well as failure to maintain lane. Deputy Farmer was immediately placed on administrative leave upon her release from the Rockdale County Jail late Saturday afternoon. Late Sunday morning, the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) concluded the administrative portion of the internal affairs investigation and briefed me on the facts of the investigation. A hearing was held with Deputy Farmer at the conclusion of the OPS investigation. During the hearing, Farmer requested to resign while under investigation and I accepted her resignation to be effective immediately.”
Freeman further stated that “This is an unfortunate incident in which one our deputies made some very poor decisions, but we are very fortunate that no one was killed. Despite the fact that this incident involved a RCSO deputy, the on scene supervisor that responded to the scene quickly dealt with the situation. By having the GSP conduct the investigation, we have ensured the citizens of Rockdale County that the RCSO is committed to total transparency at all levels inside and outside of the RCSO, and that we are going to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”