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Richmond County deputy arrested after police chase

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 9:56 AM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 8:48 AM
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An off-duty Richmond County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday after hitting a parked vehicle and leading his colleagues on a pursuit south on Peach Orchard Road.

Sylvester Rosier
Sylvester Rosier

Deputy Sylvester Rosier was leaving Coyote’s Nightclub, in the 2500 block of Peach Orchard Road, about 2:30 a.m. when he got in a fight with two people, according to a news release.

The fight was broken up by two special-duty deputies. Rosier was leaving in his private vehicle when he hit a parked vehicle and caused minor damage.

When Rosier continued driving, one of the special-duty deputies pursued him for about a mile before Rosier pulled over just before Interstate 520.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Rosier claimed he didn’t know the deputy was behind him.

Rosier was arrested on charges of DUI, hit and run, and fleeing and attempting to elude.

Rosier made bond Thursday morning and has been suspended without pay pending an Internal Affairs investigation.

Strength said Thursday that Rosier was hired in November 2008, his first job in law enforcement.

The Augusta Chronicle archives show that Rosier was one of two deputies who shot and killed a murder suspect holding a knife to his wife’s throat in 2009.

“I hate what happened,” Strength said about Thursday’s incident. “He’s a good officer.”

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happychimer
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happychimer 12/15/11 - 11:08 am
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He is one of the "bad apples"

He is one of the "bad apples" that makes the rest look bad. I don't trust them, and I have no criminal record.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 12/15/11 - 11:14 am
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Same here happy. There are
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Same here happy. There are enough of the bad apples to cause me to have a general mistrust, and I've never had more than a traffic citation as far as law breaking goes.

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kayekaye37 12/15/11 - 11:18 am
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Just cause you are a cop does

Just cause you are a cop does not mean you can do whatever you want to whenever. It makes the ones who play by the rules look bad. DUI is bad for anyone. Where was his DD? Now he has to live with what he did but on a good note at least he was stopped before anything major happen.

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Patty-P 12/15/11 - 11:19 am
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Well I wonder if he's

Well I wonder if he's ticketed or arrested anyone for DUI.

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Riverman1 12/15/11 - 11:25 am
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He's just one drunk guy. The

He's just one drunk guy. The Sheriff's Office generally has good people working for them. But all departments, even though they are generally well disciplined, have a bad one surface now and then. It's like that in every organization including the military. You have to look at the whole.

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Riverman1 12/15/11 - 11:31 am
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Key point. 2:30 AM. The off

Key point. 2:30 AM. The off duty officers working specials should have never let him attempt to drive away either.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/15/11 - 11:33 am
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you people are something
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you people are something else. he was a hero a few years ago now he's "bad apple." the guy made a mistake and he's paying for it. http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2009-11-13/officers-kill-...

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Edward1968 12/15/11 - 11:48 am
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Yes OIA, he perhaps WAS a

Yes OIA, he perhaps WAS a hero then. I want to see what the IA investigation turns up. I am curious as to why his colleagues (the special-duty deputies) did not ensure that he did not get behind the wheel of his vehicle.

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Farmboy 12/15/11 - 11:56 am
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What a brilliant human being.

What a brilliant human being. He's a Princeton PhD candidate waiting to happen.

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allhans 12/15/11 - 11:58 am
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He thought it was the bad

He thought it was the bad guys chasing him? :)

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BamaFanNGa 12/15/11 - 12:00 pm
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First of all, let me be clear

First of all, let me be clear that I am not defending Deuty Rosier's actions. He should be fired for endangering the lives of his brother's in blue and any other person that was on the road during his attempt to elude arrest. However, until you have walked a mile in his shoes, keep your #$%&*!^ mouths closed. As LEO's we see the worst of the worst day in and day out. It's a thankless job that most of us do because we love being able to help someone on the worst day of their lives. Deputy Rosier was just one of us that did just that when he, during the performance of his duties, had to take the life of another human being. In doing that horrific deed he saved a freightened young man and his mother from a man with a knife. Deputy Rosier has made an error in judgement that will cost him a career. But, please, let's not forget what he has done for this community either.

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Willow Bailey 12/15/11 - 12:07 pm
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If he just had not fled,

If he just had not fled, the outcome could have been so different. I hope he gets his life back on track.

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David Parker 12/15/11 - 12:15 pm
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Unfortunately, how good a

Unfortunately, how good a perp has acted in the past is not a consideration when being arrested and charged, which is all that has occurred at this point to the good deputy. When he has his day in court, I'm confident there will be alot of character testimony to put his actions into context.

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RoadkiII 12/15/11 - 12:18 pm
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Ignorance can be overcome,

Ignorance can be overcome, but you just can't fix stupid.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/15/11 - 12:49 pm
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yep...a bunch of self
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yep...a bunch of self righteous people on here. i've never seen so many "perfect" people in one place in my life. if any of you had a clue, you would know he was actually one of RCSO's better deputies and it will be a great loss to them and to the county. don't get me wrong, he deserved to get arrested and get fired (pending). but i don't judge someone by one stupid mistake. every one of us have done something stupid, so get over yourselves.

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scratchthesurface 12/15/11 - 12:51 pm
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Question: Because of what
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Question: Because of what happened, will the City of Augusta call for the closing of Coyote's....HMMMMMM ! NOT !!!!!

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wheeza 12/15/11 - 01:10 pm
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Deputy Rosier is a Hero in

Deputy Rosier is a Hero in more than one way. Yes he saved a life and yes he took a life BUT he was defending a young man last night at Coyotes against 3 other men. The fight was not between him and the others in the beginning but he stepped in. As far as the rest.....yes a mistake but I know I have droven home drunk several times in my youthful day and was never caught and I never hurt anyone else in the process Thank God in Heaven. Im proud of the job that Deputy Rosier has done for this crime ridden county we live in and with him gone we are all losing. Those of you on here judging him are just little judgers compared to the Almighty who will forgive Deputy Rosier and even you for judging Him. Now go live your perfect life. And for you Deputy Rosier,.....your family loves you and we will stand beside, behind, and in front of you. .

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/15/11 - 01:18 pm
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thank you wheeza, at least
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thank you wheeza, at least some of us get it.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/15/11 - 01:24 pm
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So should I add Coyotes to my

So should I add Coyotes to my 'Ghetto Businesses in Augusta' list?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 12/15/11 - 01:27 pm
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Scratch, no one was killed at

Scratch, no one was killed at the club. Big difference.

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Asitisinaug 12/15/11 - 01:30 pm
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This just further shows that

This just further shows that deputies are doing their job, even when they have to deal with other deputies. They could have chosen to try and cover up his actions but they did not. They could have failed to give chase but they did not. They could have determined he was not DUI but they instead did the right thing which is very tough when dealing with a fellow employee in any line of work, but especially in public safety or military services.

This deputy made some very poor decisions and will pay a very hefty price for his actions, as he or anyone should. It does/should not take away from all of the good he has done nor should it be reflective of the majority of those serving and protecting as that simply is not true.

I do wish however that the deputies on duty had taken a more pro-active approach and had never allowed him to get behind the wheel of a vehicle if in fact he appeared to be intoxicated and if that was even possible with everything going on at the time.

happychimer
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happychimer 12/15/11 - 01:36 pm
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There is no excuse for

There is no excuse for driving drunk. None!! I don't care who it is, they know better. Too many innocent lives have been taken by drunk drivers. This man made no mistake, because he knew not to drink and drive.

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/15/11 - 02:02 pm
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happychimer: so as long as
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happychimer: so as long as you know better, there's no such thing as a mistake? i'm sure that is exactly how you have lived your life. right? <- insert sarcasm anywhere you like in that statement.

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David Parker 12/15/11 - 02:09 pm
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I'm very surprised at the

I'm very surprised at the logic here. There are loads of folks that are responsible for some type of heroic action, whether it's risk their life to save a life, philanthropic, or what have you. Those folks, when arrested for a DUI, don't get the media coverage this incident has received, so what's the public opinion on those individuals? Think about it, how many times do you read daily about someone committing murder, assault, etc. Ask yourself, do you pause and even consider what that person accomplished in their past with regard to humanity? I don't. And I don't see what the point of doing it for this case is either.

Passing judgement is being practiced in this thread from both sides no?

OnlyInAmerica
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OnlyInAmerica 12/15/11 - 02:16 pm
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well you should think about
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well you should think about that. people some times do stupid things under the right conditions. one dumb mistake doesn't make you a bad person or "bad apple." you're right about one thing and that's no one here is in the position to judge anyone and typically the people that are quickest to start pointing fingers are the ones with the most to hide.

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David Parker 12/15/11 - 03:03 pm
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i think everybody points a

i think everybody points a finger figuratively. I do. It's human nature to reason things out.

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farrowtrent 12/15/11 - 03:11 pm
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smdh

smdh

wheeza
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wheeza 12/15/11 - 04:27 pm
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tvveedie.......the point here

tvveedie.......the point here is if the negative is going to broadcasted then we should make sure to speak about the postive things that were done by a person. Especially in this line of work......and there MANY positive things this Deputy did and I know He will continue helping people in the future with or without a badge. It is in His nature to do so. But since He has been slammed by the media and others I wanted to shed some light on the sitiuation. Everyone messes up in life and yes there are people doing wonderful things everyday for others but I for one have NEVER and probably never will put myself in harms way for a complete stranger. Sylvester Rosier Did Do That. He wasnt a dirty cop killing innocent people, dealing drugs he may have found in a drug bust or abusing His wife. He is a brave soul with a huge heart for others. And he will overcome this obstacle and be better than ever

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happychimer 12/15/11 - 05:43 pm
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Like I said. I don't care who

Like I said. I don't care who it is. There is no excuse. What if he had killed someone because he CHOSE to drink and drive? Sure he has done good deeds, but that is not a ticket that gives him special privileges. I never have been drunk and drove. If I have even 1 beer or glass of wine, I wait at least 1 1/2 or 2 hrs. to drive.

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happychimer 12/15/11 - 05:45 pm
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Drinking and driving is never

Drinking and driving is never a mistake. It is a choice.

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