A Metro police officer has been decommissioned, pending an investigation, after allegedly backing his patrol car into another car and leaving the scene.
According to police spokesman Don Aaron, Lt. Tim Durham was working a secondary employment assignment involving the procession of the Ringling Bros. Circus elephants down Broadway to the Bridgestone Arena when he backed into the other vehicle before continuing on to work the procession.
A midday Twitter post (read here) first brought the incident to light, with later postings showing photos of the patrol car with a minor dent near the back left taillight as well as damage to a parked white Pontiac Grand Am.
Thursday afternoon, Aaron told The City Paper via email that Durham radioed a supervisor explaining what had happened and requesting an officer to work the incident.
Durham’s supervisor took over the procession assignment and told Durham to return to the scene of the wreck. On-duty officers responded to work the wreck.
Aaron said the department decommissioned Durham Thursday afternoon “pending a full review of this matter.” Durham will be assigned to a desk job within the department during that investigation.