DENVER — A Denver police officer was suspended for a few month after she struck a pedestrian along with her patrol automobile final yr whereas utilizing her cellphone, authorities stated.
Officer Jamie Taft was suspended for 38 days after pleading responsible to careless driving in January, KDVR-TV reported. Taft was additionally charged with careless driving leading to damage and infliction of great bodily damage to a susceptible street consumer, however these prices had been dismissed.
The person she struck suffered a number of spinal fractures.
Taft was stopped at an intersection close to downtown round 11 p.m. earlier than making a left flip and hitting a pedestrian in September 2019, authorities stated. Video from Taft’s body-worn digicam reveals she began to kind into her cellphone as she made the flip.
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Taft instantly stopped her patrol automotive, known as for an ambulance and placed on her emergency lights.
The Denver Division of Public Security stated Taft apologized to the pedestrian and informed him she was distracted by a bicycle in her backseat. Taft later stated she was holding her telephone however was distracted by the bike, officers stated.
Taft was performing “guide information entry” with the telephone and that the pedestrian was not jaywalking, based on a division doc.
After an investigation, the division decided Taft “drove in a careless and imprudent method with out due regard for a pedestrian lawfully throughout the roadway.”