Update: Charges filed in crash that ended the life of a WCSO deputy

Update – Nov. 14, 2023. Sgt. Christopher Ayers with Georgia State Patrol confirmed that 2nd degree homicide charges have been filed in the Oct. 17, 2023 crash on Monroe Jersey Road that took the life of Walton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer David “D.J.” Carter.

“That suspect has been arrested and booked into the Walton County jail, he is currently out on bond awaiting a court date,” Ayers said. “The at-fault driver charged is Jonathon Brownlee. His charges are Vehicle Homicide 2nd degree, Failure to Maintain Lane and Distracted Driving.

Image from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office social media post

Initial story

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office released a statement this morning confirming that the life lost in the crash Tuesday night was a member of their agency.

“The accident took place on Monroe Jersey Road and did not involve an agency vehicle. We grieve for the loss of Detention Officer David “DJ” Carter and for his family. DJ was committed to his job and was, in fact, headed to work an extra shift,” WCSO wrote in the statement, adding, “Many have reached out asking to help. If you wish to help the family, please visit www.deputiesbeyondthebadge.org and click donate. In the notes section put ‘Carter Family.’ All donations will go directly to the Carter family. Please keep the Carter family and our law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers.”

WALTON COUNTY, GA (Oct. 17, 2023) – At 8:40 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol confirmed that Monroe-Jersey Road is currently shut down for the investigation of a fatal car crash. It will be shut down for an extended period of time.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area. No further details are available at this time.

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