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Councilman speaks on Douglasville police chief suspension


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – The suspension of Douglasville's police chief remained a touchy subject on Friday.

Douglasville City Council voted 6-1 to suspend Police Chief Chris Womack on Thursday. Womack is suspended until June 25 while facing excessive force allegations.

Only one city council member, Carl Pope, responded to 11Alive's request for an interview on Friday.

"In my opinion, it's a lot of bad judgment," Pope said in response to a video shown to council members in an executive session on Thursday.

Douglasville police chief suspended pending investigation


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack is no stranger to headlines or hot water.

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But Thursday night he suspended in the wake of an arrest he made last March.

There are allegations of excessive use of force stemming from a police chase that ended up in Fulton County.

11Alive has learned that there is dash camera video of the incident that at least some members of the council here didn't know existed until last week - which was after they renewed the chief's employment contract.

That is an issue all by itself that needs clarification.

Authorities seek missing Douglas County teacher


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. – Every day that goes by, Larry Bolen's family and friends' fears grow. The Douglas County High School teacher has been missing for six days. Bolen is supposed to retire in two weeks when the school year is over. So why would he just leave?

Douglas County Sheriff investigators say Bolen left his Dorsett Shoals Road home last Friday night. His 24-year-old son, who lives with him, said Bolen was gone when he woke up Saturday morning.

N.J. murder suspect arrested in Douglas County


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A man wanted for murder in Mercer County, N.J., has been arrested in metro Atlanta.

U.S. Marshals in New Jersey received a tip that suspect Dewayne Pinkey was in Douglas County. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office tracked Pinkey to a local home and arrested him without incident on May 4.

Pinkey is being held in the Douglas County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Mercer County.

Teen accused of setting fire inside school


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A 15-year-old suspect is accused of breaking into and setting a fire inside his Douglas County high school.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at Alexander High School Thursday at around 1 a.m. They found the teen inside and chased him out of the building.

Man dies after helping co-worker at Douglasville refinery


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. – A man died in a refinery accident after he tried to help a co-worker who went into cardiac arrest.

The accident occurred at the Asphalt Refining and Technology Company on Huey Road Wednesday afternoon. 11Alive's Kevin Rowson said it started when a worker went into cardiac arrest. As he was being helped, a vent was somehow opened, which released hydrogen sulfide gas. One of the workers rendering aid was sprayed in the face by the gas and fell 20 feet off of a platform.

The worker who fell off the platform later died. Three other people were transported to the hospital, including the man who went into cardiac arrest and two others.

Douglas County spokesperson Matthew Kent said, "There is no danger to the public at this time and all the air levels have tested normal."

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I-20 westbound reopens after fatal accident

I-20 westbound reopens after fatal accident

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Westbound Interstate 20 in Douglas County has reopened after being shut down by a fatal accident.

All lanes were blocked just west of Highway 5. Police said a tractor trailer collided with a passenger car at around 4:45 a.m. One person was killed. No names have been released, pending notification of the victim's next of kin. Douglasville Police have not yet determined whether they will file charges.

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