Back on May 31, 2020, the Chief of Police for Hartford was involved in a single-car accident. He was in his police cruiser at the time and he crashed into a guardrail on Route 154 in Chester. He claimed that he was on his way to respond to some protests in town.
For some reason, Chief Jason Thody did not report the accident to his supervisor. In fact, it appears that he didn’t really report the accident at all. On July 7, however, the police released additional information regarding the crash.
Someone who witnessed the crash called 911 and said that they believed the Police Chief was driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident. They said he was driving very erratically, and they were concerned.
Since he didn’t report the accident immediately, there was no way for the department to investigate if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. When questioned, Thody claimed that he may have been driving while distracted but he denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. At this point, it seems the police department are taking his word for it.
Police officers in Hartford are generally exempt from the laws against driving while distracted. And, while no formal charges have been brought against the officer, he has been issued a formal letter of discipline. He has also been ordered to pay the city $3,324.66 in damages to the vehicle.
While the local department may be satisfied that he did nothing wrong, the Internal Audit Commission is going to investigate the matter further. Only time will tell if he will be charged with any other offenses.
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