Correction to previous article regarding GPD officer’s wreck


The GRIP has learned that certain information reported Saturday morning regarding an on-duty wreck involving Griffin Police Department Officer Jessie Piland was factually incorrect.

In the article “GPD officer sustains minor injuries in early morning wreck,” The GRIP reported the incident was being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol.

Sgt. Robert Thompson, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post, later informed Publisher Sheila Mathews that the GSP did not investigate Piland’s wreck.

According to Thompson, the GPD did initially request the GSP investigate the incident, but upon learning the response time would have been approximately one hour, the GPD request for a trooper to respond to the wreck was cancelled.

The information originally citing the GSP investigation was obtained from GPD Chief Mike Yates.

Since speaking with Thompson, The GRIP has emailed Yates three times requesting corrected information regarding which law enforcement agency investigated Piland’s wreck – first at 12:56 p.m., again at 6:03 p.m. and finally at 7:38 p.m.

Chief Yates did not respond to any of those emails.

The GRIP apologizes for this error and will continue to seek the correct information regarding this incident.

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