Former McKenzie chief involved in crash

Published 4:18 pm Friday, February 24, 2012

A former Butler County law enforcement officer was involved in a two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 North that sent two people to the hospital.

Castleberry Police Chief Clint Reaves’s 2011 Ford police cruiser collided with a 1998 Dodge driven by April Lorranie Ortega, 34, of Forest Park, Ga., at approximately 12:20 a.m. Feb. 15 near mile marker 119 in Butler County.

Ortega and four-year-old Yasmin Moreno were transported to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released.

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Reaves, a Greenville native, was uninjured.

Alabama State Trooper Cameron Fillingim investigated the incident, which according to authorities is still under investigation.

Castleberry Town Councilman George McIntyre said that Reaves has been suspended with pay pending a full investigation of the accident.

Reaves told the  Evergreen Courant he plans to release a detailed statement about the incident pending Castleberry Mayor J.B. Jackson’s approval.

Reaves served as police chief in McKenzie where he worked with the police department for 11 years.

He also served as chief deputy for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office under Diane Harris. He briefly worked with the Georgiana Police Department.


Lee Peacock and Patty Vaughan contributed to this report.