police chief has been fired in a controversy surrounding a wreck in a police
not the wreck that's the problem, but where now-former Chief Mark Crowe got his
car was damaged in April after he performed a PIT maneuver on Ash Branch Road
to stop a man fleeing in a high-speed chase after a burglary in Bulloch County.
"The damage was from one side of the car
to the other, the front bumper to the back bumper," said Valli Gapac,
owner of Valli's Precision Collison, the company that repaired the car.
Crowe got three bids, and Valli's, located in
Statesboro, repaired it at a cost of $4,800. A Pembroke Company, Burnsed Body
Shop, put in a bid almost $2,000 lower.
"Burnsed estimate as about $2,600,"
Gapac said. "To me, the city council should've questioned, ‘Why was this
estimate so low? Was all the repairs being done? Was something missed?"
Gapac's shop does work on Georgia State
Patrol, Statesboro police and Pembroke police cars.
"My bid wasn't thigh," he said. "My
estimate was right on the money and actually cheaper again than the city's own
insurance company's estimate."
City officials won't discuss the specifics of
the firing. Friday, neither would the chief, having been advised by an attorney
not to make any more comments.
Gapac is rallying behind him.
police chief got fired for getting his car repaired correctly, adequately and
in a timely manner," he said.
left a message Friday night with the owner of Burnsed, but that call was not
returned before the 11 p.m. newscast.
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