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Man Says Auburn Police Officer's Leniency Led to Son's Death

Chris Walker's 18-year-old son Corey died in May 2010 when he hit a utility pole in Walton County. Blood tests showed the teen's blood alcohol level at .217.

WSBTV reports a metro Atlanta father claims his son died because an officer with the was too lenient during a traffic stop. 

According to the report, Chris Walker, whose 18-year-old son Corey died in May 2010 when he hit a utility pole in Walton County, questioned why the officer didn't arrest his son when he stopped him that night. 

"He suspected him of drinking obviously. If he would have just got him out of the truck and checked. They did absolutely nothing and allowed him to drive off," Chris Walker told WSBTV. 

Blood tests showed Corey Walker's blood alcohol level at .217, about three times the legal limit for an adult, WSBTV reports. Chris Walker said the officer should have done more to determine whether his son was intoxicated. 

Auburn's police chief told WSBTV the city attorney advised the department not to comment. 

According to the report, WSBTV showed the dashboard video from the traffic stop to Georgia's peace officers standards and training, the agency that certified police officers, and a representative said based on the video they could not draw a conclusion on whether the officer should have asked the teen to take a field sobriety test. 

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Deanna Allen May 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I would like to know what this father had to say to his son about underage drinking and drunken driving, if anything, before his death. In my opinion, parental responsibility does not end when a child turns 18 and is legally considered an adult and instilling a sense of individual responsibility is of utmost importance.
mollyrose May 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM
This is a sad story and I feel the father's pain and realize he wants to blame everyone except his son. It could be that the son continued drinking after the stop and wasn't very drunk until later, when the accident happened in the next county. sorry situation at ant rate but the young man holds the blame.
Summer May 22, 2012 at 01:46 AM
His father was a good father. Have you done everything your parents has lectured you on?? His responsiblity only stoped because his son died..not because he was 18. Cory made ONE poor discision and it cost him his life. This is not his fathers fault. The police seen a tapped keg in the truck so that is a clue that he was drinking!
Summer May 22, 2012 at 01:47 AM
His father was a good father. Have you done everything your parents has lectured you on?? His responsiblity only stoped because his son died..not because he was 18. Cory made ONE poor discision and it cost him his life. This is not his fathers fault. The police seen a tapped keg in the truck so that is a clue that he was drinking
Deanna Allen May 22, 2012 at 09:01 AM
I never said the father was to blame. But I don't think the father should be blaming the officer, either.
PD July 06, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I was caught underage drinking by a police officer in Pennsylvania where I used to live, and where I used to be a firefighter. The officer instead of charging me with a DUI, he made me call my parents to come pick me up. Now if I was this officer I would have done the same thing, but bet your bottom dollar that when I got home I got my behind beat by my father that you couldn't believe. And to this day I will not drink and drive.
PD July 06, 2012 at 06:05 AM
So in my eyes, I see that both people are at fault. So you should not point fingers at one single person...
Dan Nelson September 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The adult driinking driver is the only one at fault. He paid the untimate price and it's fortunate he didn't hurt an innocent party.

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