A sheriff in Seminole, Florida, was suspended after leaving the scene of a crash near Longwood last month.
On September 11, the 50-year-old officer was traveling north on Lake Emma Road in an unmarked sheriff’s car, a Nissan Altima, when he slowed down to avoid hitting a dog that ran in front of his vehicle.
The officer’s car was then hit on the right rear side by a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was thrown onto the trunk of the car, breaking both wrists and suffering injuries to his pelvis, in addition to scrapes and cuts.
The officer did not stop his vehicle. Witnesses called 911, and a trooper pulled the officer over 15 minutes after the crash, reports The Orlando Sentinel.
The sheriff said he didn’t know his car had been hit. He was suspended from his job the day after the crash and arrested on Thursday, October 6, for leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and property damage.
The back of the Altima sustained nearly $4,000 in damage to its trunk.
A spokeswoman with the highway patrol told The Orlando Sentinel that they’re looking into why it took a month to arrest the sheriff.
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