Richmond County deputy resigns; altered alcohol test results

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy caught changing the results of breath tests has resigned, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Thursday.

Deputy Erik Norman was otherwise “a good field officer,” but admitted to a state court prosecutor he’d written down a higher breath alcohol test reading than two suspects had actually registered, Strength said. The field readings aren’t admissible in court.

“I had a big problem with it as far as integrity,” the sheriff said.

Norman, a sheriff’s office employee since 2002, went before the agency’s internal affairs board, which gave him the opportunity to resign. Norman’s actions were referred to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, Strength said. POST is the agency that certifies Georgia law enforcement personnel.

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