Deputy charged with DUI

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2016

LaGRANGE — An investigator with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office resigned Monday after he was arrested and charged with DUI on Hammett Road over the weekend.

Investigator Eric Massengill was in a single car wreck in the northbound lane of Hammett Road about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday, according to information from the Georgia State Patrol.

Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff said he learned of the investigator’s arrest over the weekend. He called Massengill into the office Monday morning and asked him to resign or be terminated. Massengill voluntarily handed over his badge.

“We have a no tolerance policy,” Woodruff explained. “When I took office, my belief is we, as a department, cannot break the law and then continue to go out into the community and arrest people for the same infractions we’ve been arrested on.

“Eric is a fine young man and a great investigator,” Woodruff continued. “But he made a bad decision to drink and drive, and it is a very unfortunate outcome.”

Massengill joined the Troup County Sheriff’s Office on July 1, 2015. He previously was employed with the Grantville Police Department.

The complete GSP report of the wreck had not been released as of this report.


Investigator resigned Monday

By Melanie Ruberti

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.