Brooks Co. Deputy Hit by Car Driven by Valdosta Crime Lab Director

[UPDATE] Brooks County, Georgia - June 15, 2012 - 3:45PM -

A local Sheriff's deputy is in the hospital after being hit by a government car. Brooks County Sheriff's deputy Ronnie Rhames pulled over on Highway 84. Moments later he was hit by the director of the Valdosta Crime Lab, Barry Funck.

Deputy Rhames had pulled over to help the driver of a broken down vehicle. The incident occurred around the city limit in Quitman. Funck was driving to work in Valdosta when he struck Deputy Rhames on the side of the road. Funck was not injured.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the case. The Valdosta Police Department confirmed that Funck was issued a citation for the accident. We spoke with the VPD. Funck did not leave the scene and was not charged with anything.

Their office administered a standard drug test for Funck because he was driving a city vehicle. They've made it clear they will fully cooperate with the investigation which is ongoing. Deputy Rhames was taken to Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. He's suffered a shattered leg but is in fair condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Because the case is still under investigation we do not have additional details at this time. The Georgia State Patrol will release all other information when the investigation is completed.


Brooks County, Georgia - June 14, 2012

What started as a simple roadside stop has landed a local deputy in the hospital. Brooks County Sheriff's Deputy Ronnie Rhames was hit by a car on Highway 84.

Rhames suffered multiple broken bones and is currently in surgery at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. According to the Sheriff's Office Deputy Rhames pulled behind a vehicle that had broken down. He was then struck by a separate vehicle from the rear.

Brooks County Sheriff Mike Dewey told Eyewitness News that Rhames is in fair condition and is expected to survive.

The Valdosta Police Department has confirmed that the car that struck the deputy was being driven by Valdosta Crime Lab Director Barry Funk.

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  • by The Facts on Jun 17, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    All emergency vehicles with flashing lights that is park on the side of the road, drivers should move over to the next lane. This incidents could have been avoid if the drive was paying attention to the highway, it should be noted that he was on the phone, or making a call, or texting/reading a text, regardless of what he was doing he was not paying attention. Crime Lab Director or not he should be charged with several counts, first and foremost he should be charged for not moving over for law enforcement vehicles that is stop with his lights flashing, second he should be charged with hitting a person regardless of who he is, charged with reckless driving but if this director gets off with no charges than the citizens of georgia should filed a law suit against the state for preferential treatment for law enforcement officials and employees.
  • by Missing the Point on Jun 15, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    You are all asking the wrong questions. What investigation was the deputy involved in that required the crime lab director to try and take him out? What is being covered up?
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      by Wow on Jun 15, 2012 at 06:16 PM in reply to Missing the Point
      Shut down the entire conversation. Bullseye!
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      by Are you kidding? on Jun 16, 2012 at 09:43 AM in reply to Missing the Point
      I believe you are missing the point....Drama seeker.
  • by Bill on Jun 15, 2012 at 04:04 AM
    I ride a motorcycle and almost got ran over by a state trooper that was on his phone and almost looked like he was laying down in his seat. If that would have been anyone else that's a 200 dollar ticket!
  • by tim sholong Location: valdosta on Jun 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
    hope both parties were drug tested.
  • by hey gbi Location: ga on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:06 PM
    rember passing thrugh quitman one time and was pulled over for speeding a frw miles over in their only speed trap on 84 south of town. went to pay the fine and the woman did not give me the correct change back and put it in her purse. HEY TAX PAYERS GIVE THEM A RAISE.
  • by Patriot Location: USA on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
    Boy, this story is soooo unclearly reported. Did the car hit the deputy, or hit the deputies car? I saw no damage to the sheriff's patrol car, yet the other car is really torn up. No way a body did that much damage to the car. WCTV, could you at least try to get the full story as to what hit what?
  • by chili on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    down here in the south it's called rubber neckin. wonder what charges are going to be filed against the city employee. story don't comment on that.
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      by Tammy on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM in reply to chili
      I just seen on WCTV that they might not charge the man that hit Ronnie, that is just wrong, if this person was a citizen and not a City Employee they would be charged. I don't feel like there should be special treatment for him either. I know accidents happen, but you(The Driver that hit Ronnie) must pay the price for not paying attention just like everyone else has too!!! It's all in who you are and who you know here in the South.
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        by teacher on Jun 15, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to Tammy
        By your spelling and grammar one can see that you were "educated" in the South ...
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          by gop on Jun 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM in reply to teacher
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        by ga girl on Jun 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM in reply to Tammy
        They should charge the guy who hit Ronnie. Ronnie is a good cop and person. I am very thankful he is gonna recover from this!
  • by Brooks Co. Slim on Jun 14, 2012 at 08:20 AM
    We (non-LE) always hear how dangerous it is being a cop and immediately think of psychos with knives or criminals with guns...little do we think of one of the most dangerous parts of their jobs is just working out on the highways. Best Wishes and my prayers.
  • by COP SUPPORTER on Jun 14, 2012 at 07:26 AM
    get well soon! sucks when you are trying to do something positive and improve the image and something like this happens.
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      by good driver on Jun 14, 2012 at 05:08 PM in reply to COP SUPPORTER
      he should slow down and put the phone down and pay closer attention. maby they should check phone records of both parties for lawsuits.........
  • by emergency Location: Quitman on Jun 13, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    you are a sorry individual maybe something like this will happen to you or your family or maybe u will need a cop one day then what r u gonna say when they save your life.
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      by not me on Jun 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM in reply to emergency
      who are you typeing to?
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