LPD conducts internal review into Saturday’s crash

Crash on Saturday, March 8, 2014 involving two law enforcement vehicles. (WLFI Photo)
Crash on Saturday, March 8, 2014 involving two law enforcement vehicles. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette Police Department conducts an internal review after an officer is involved in a crash.

The wreck happened on Saturday, when Officer Ian O’Shields hit Dep. Michael Gillen’s car in front of LPD headquarters.

In a crash report, O’Shields told investigators he was looking at a group of people while he was driving south on Sixth Street. He said he thought he had a green light, but later realized he was looking at the wrong stoplight.

Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly said he doesn’t believe the officer was being negligent and simply made a mistake. But he says just because he wasn’t cited at the scene, doesn’t mean the process is over.

“The supervisor is going to review the incident at the crash scene. Every one of our crashes is investigated internally,” said Flannelly. “We will review the circumstances of the crash and then we make decisions based on the circumstances within that.”

A review board will meet Tuesday about the investigation. A decision will then be made on whether disciplinary action is appropriate.

The damage to both cars adds up to between $10,000 to $25,000.

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