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St. Petersburg officer suspended after lying about accident in Pasco Sheriff's Office car

A St. Petersburg police officer was suspended after a chain of command board found he lied about an accident he was involved in.

The review board said that in January 2013, Officer Kevin Haskins, 37, drove a car leased by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and issued to his wife, who was at the time was employed by the Sheriff's Office.

Haskins dropped his wife off at the entrance of a Home Depot, and while parking the car he got into an accident, the review board said.

Haskins was not supposed to be driving the car issued to his wife, and the board said the couple then persuaded the victim to lie to authorities and say that his wife was the driver.

A Pasco deputy arrived to document the accident, and Haskins walked inside the Home Depot while his wife took the blame.

The victim later had trouble getting the car repaired, and the Sheriff's Office learned about what Haskins and his wife had done. Haskins' wife offered her resignation from the Sheriff's Office a couple of months later.

In December 2013 the St. Petersburg Police Department began its own investigation. When questioned by authorities, Haskins lied again, the board said. It wasn't until more than a month later that Haskins admitted he had driven the car during the accident.

Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said it's standard practice to notify other agencies in an incident like this. However, he was not able to determine whether that happened in this instance.

Haskins received a 60-hour suspension.

St. Petersburg officer suspended after lying about accident in Pasco Sheriff's Office car 05/15/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:57pm]
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