Po­lice: Hand­cuffed ar­restee wrapped seat­belt around neck

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE -

CENTERVILLE — The Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a woman who was recorded wrap­ping a seat­belt around her neck mul­ti­ple times while be­ing trans­ported in hand­cuffs in the back of a pa­trol car.

The GBI tells news out­lets 31-year-old Ash­ley Mon­tine Gault­ney died over the week­end, about three weeks af­ter her ar­rest in Centerville.

J.T. Rick­et­son with the GBI says a cam­era in the car recorded her ma­nip­u­lat­ing the seat­belt and wrap­ping it around her neck three times while the of­fi­cer was tak­ing her to jail.

Rick­et­son says the of­fi­cer called an am­bu­lance. He’s not been ac­cused of ex­ces­sive force.

Hous­ton County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ge­orge Hartwig will de­cide what to do once his of­fice gets the GBI’s full re­port.

Gault­ney is sur­vived by five chil­dren and a fi­ancee.

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