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Internal Investigation Into Crash Complete, CO Suspended

Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 10:48 am

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office’s internal investigation into a crash that occurred March 7, 2019, in Altamont, is complete. The crash involved a sheriff’s office vehicle and a teen driver.
The sheriff’s office vehicle was occupied by two correctional officers, Tyler Hargis (driver) and Cody Nunley. An inmate trustee was in the rear seat. Witnesses stated the sheriff’s office vehicle was operating with emergency equipment activated when the crash occurred.
The driver of the other vehicle was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.
Sheriff Clint Shrum explained the vehicle had been taken for maintenance in Tracy City, and was returning to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office in Altamont. Both Hargis and Nunley have been placed on unpaid leave pending the results of the investigation.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum reports that the investigation into this incident has been completed. Based on statements from the scene, the THP investigation, and statements from both corrections officers and the inmate passenger, the following disciplinary actions have been handed down:
• Corrections Officer Cody Nunley (passenger) received a four day suspension without pay for violating the agency’s policy on seatbelt use and inmate supervision.
• Corrections Officer Tyler Hargis (driver) has received a 30 day suspension without pay for violating the agency’s policy on seatbelt use, use of emergency vehicle equipment, and attention to duty, conduct and behavior.