A highway patrol vehicle has been impounded by Georgia Highway Patrol in an incident that has reignited debate about the state’s oversight of vehicle inspection companies.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) and Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GABI) are investigating the incident.
The GABI is investigating whether the vehicle was impounded for an “unsafe and unreasonable” inspection.
On Wednesday, a man drove his car through the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) checkpoint at a highway in Georgia’s largest city, Augusta, and into the back of a pickup truck.
“We had the truck parked at the curb, and the driver of the vehicle pulled into the intersection,” a spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau Of Investigation said.
Police officers arrived on scene, arrested the driver, and took him to a local jail for a traffic violation.
He is now in custody, awaiting a court date.
According to the DOT, the incident is being investigated as a “vehicle accident” under Georgia law.
A spokesperson for Georgia’s Department of Public Safety told ABC News that the DOT was not aware of any specific incident involving a DOT vehicle in the state, and they would investigate to determine if there was any cause for concern.
In January, the Georgia Highway patrol began a $300,000 pilot program to test vehicle inspections.
The program is intended to encourage companies to adopt a new inspection process that’s safer, faster and more efficient.
Georgia has about 40 inspection companies operating in Georgia, but only a handful have been accredited to offer service in the metro Atlanta area.
Georgia also has several other programs designed to improve vehicle safety.
These include the Georgia Driver and Vehicle Safety Education Program (GDVSEP), which is funded by Georgia’s General Fund and the state Department Of Transportation.
And in June, Georgia became the first state in the nation to require the state DOT to offer a “driver’s education” program for its vehicle inspectors.
Under the GDVSEPs program, Georgia’s inspectors receive training in vehicle inspection and safety education, along with other information on the safety of vehicles.
While the GDVA and DOT were unable to provide further details about the specific investigation, GDVA spokeswoman Katie Schall told ABC that the agency is working with the Georgia DOT and the Georgia State Highway Patrol to ensure the safety and security of its officers and employees.
“We are in the process of reviewing the incident and will provide a more detailed response when we are available,” Schall said.
“We are also conducting a thorough investigation to determine whether there were any violations of law by the Georgia Transportation Department.”