Sheriff comments on accusations against deputy

Sheriff comments on accusations against deputy

Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay sent one of his investigators to Garland County Friday to gather information about accusations made against one of his deputies.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay sent one of his investigators to Garland County Friday to gather information about accusations made against one of his deputies.

According to a Garland County Sheriff's Office report, Pulaski County Deputy Corey Lawson became upset with his girlfriend at the Brady Mountain Resort in Garland County, pushed her, and then rammed his truck into a gate twice, tearing it down. Since then, Holladay put Lawson on paid administrative leave and launched an internal investigation.

Holladay says it's too early to say whether he will continue to employ Lawson if the allegations are proven true. He says he will make that call once the internal investigation is complete.

"It reflects on all of law enforcement, all of the law enforcement agencies," said Holladay, "because many people in the public have a tendency to lump everybody together."

As for the destroyed gate, Brady Mountain workers say it'll cost more than $5000 to fix, and that's a fix Holladay says shouldn't be necessary in the first place.

"I'm not happy that it occurred," he said. "I'm not happy that one of our employees was involved, and I would've thought that he would've known better."

Lawson did not immediately return a call seeking comment. At this time, he does not face criminal charges.
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