Fired state trooper could face more charges

Timothy Williams

DALTON, Ga. — A former Georgia State Patrol trooper charged on Wednesday with making false statements and writings could face more charges once the case is turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said.

Timothy Williams, 33, of Dalton, was booked into the Whitfield County jail on Wednesday and released on a $2,500 bond. 

“It is still an ongoing investigation and we are working with the GSP internal affairs people,” GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Montgomery of the Calhoun office said. “We still have other witnesses to interview, and when we are finished we will turn the case over to the District Attorney’s Office.”

The GBI began a public official’s investigation of Williams on Sept. 16, according to a press release from the GBI.

“The Dalton Police Department requested the assistance of the GBI after responding to a Dalton residence to investigate an open line 911 call,” the press release stated. “The initial response from law enforcement revealed the possibility that some type of physical altercation occurred between Timothy Williams and other occupants of the residence. In the course of the investigation, it was determined that Timothy Williams was employed as a trooper for the Georgia State Patrol.”

An “open line” 911 call is where nothing is said.

 Williams worked for the state patrol out of Post 41 in LaFayette and was hired in May 2017, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, of which the state patrol is a part. Dalton Police Department Assistant Chief Chris Crossen confirmed that Williams is a former officer of the DPD.

In a press release from the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the department said Williams’ “employment has been terminated with the department effective immediately.”

“According to Policy No. 3.01 — Code of Conduct, ‘Members will not engage in any conduct that is unbecoming an employee of the department, nor which impairs the operation of the department. No member will engage in any behavior which results in incarceration or probation,” the press release stated.

“Usually if there is ever anything involving another law officer, the local agency will call us, to be as transparent as possible,” Montgomery said. “They like us to be an independent investigator, and we will continue investigating.”

Montgomery declined to provide any of the details surrounding the false statements and writings charge.

“We still have other witnesses and some stuff we are looking at to make sure we don’t miss anything,” Montgomery said.

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