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NPD officer fired after suspected DUI crash


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Nov. 13, 2022 - 2:19 PM

An officer with the Newnan Police Department has been fired after a suspected DUI crash involving his department-issued vehicle.

Officer Richard Gosch was on his way to work Friday when he crashed his vehicle along Highway 54 just south of Sharpsburg about 6:35 p.m., police said.

Gosch was traveling faster than the posted speed limit and was distracted in his vehicle when negotiating a left curve, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Franka Young.

Gosch’s vehicle left the roadway onto the westbound shoulder of Highway 54. Law enforcement at the scene determined him to be under the influence of alcohol, and he agreed to a breath test, Young said.

Gosch was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. He was taken to the Meriwether County Detention Center.

“The Newnan Police Department recognizes the seriousness of this charge and an initial review led to the determination that policy violations occurred, and the officer was terminated,” the agency said in a press release.

“We want our community to know that the Newnan Police Department strives to hold our officers to the highest standards possible,” Newnan police Chief Brent Blankenship said. “Unfortunately in this situation, those standards were not met, and the officer was held accountable for their actions. Our community deserves the best, and we will continue to hold our officers accountable for their actions each and every day.”

Gosch was initially hired by Newnan police in January 2014. He began working for another agency in November 2016 and was rehired by Newnan police in May 2022.