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It’s not common to see a sheriff patrolling or even directing traffic, but in Newton County their sheriff’s hands-on work ethic helps save lives.

Sheriff Ezell Brown could sit back and take it easy, but the 40-year law enforcement veteran often hits the streets to protect his community.

Brown has been sheriff for six years and he said it’s common to hear his voice over the radio or see him patrolling the roads.

Brown said he loves what he does and that's why he can often be seen, patrolling, making arrests and even directing traffic.

“I promised the citizens of this great county that I would be a hands-on sheriff and also a working sheriff,” said Brown.

Deputies said his attitude is admirable and last week it played an important role during a traffic stop.

According to Brown, he was driving on I-20 after midnight and noticed a black BMW swerving in and out of the lanes.

“At first I thought maybe it was a road rage situation. After I increased my speed the driver of the black car increased his speed and from that point on he continued to accelerate,” said Brown.

The driver began to accelerate to a speed of over 100 miles per hour, but Sheriff Brown was right behind him.

With the help of a deputy, Brown apprehended Gary Murray, 53, and charged him with DUI and reckless driving.

The sheriff’s involvement might surprise some, but for Brown’s fellow officers it’s just business as usual.

“The sheriff is always out, he is always listening to the radio or he is out patrolling in his car, so this really wasn't a surprise to any of the Newton County Deputies that he was involved in this,” said Sargent Cortney Morrison.

Sheriff Brown said he believes in his deputies and just wants to lead by example.

“You have to show leadership and leadership is getting out and getting involved being hands on,” said Brown.

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