LPD officer involved in crash will face disciplinary action

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 officer responsible for Saturday’s crash with a sheriff deputy’s car will see disciplinary action.

Police Chief Patrick Flannelly said he does not comment on disciplinary action unless it reaches the extent that an officer is suspended for five or more days.

A review board made up of Officer Ian O’Shields’ supervisors reviewed the facts of the wreck and recommended disciplinary action for Flannelly. Flannelly signed off on the recommendation.

He said O’Shields takes full responsibility for the crash, which occurred after he ran a red light. Flannelly said he will review the findings and see what lessons can be learned.

“We constantly look for ways to improve the set-up in the cars, [and] our training regimen for officers in the future, if there are lessons learned, we can take [from it],” said Flannelly.

The investigation is now complete.

It is still not known what repairs will be made to the cars. Total damages for both vehicles combined are estimated between $10,000 and $25,000.

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