2 Clermont police officers fired after pulling prank on fellow cop
Another officer suspended in speeding, fleeing joke
Two officers on the Clermont police squad have been fired and one has been suspended after pulling a prank on another officer while off-duty.
Former officers Marc Thompson and Dennis Hall, along with Sgt. Mark Edwards, were speeding on U.S. Highway 27 back in March when they were pulled over by Officer Christina Fowler. Officer Thompson then got out of his car and pretended to run away, according to the investigative report.
Fowler followed the driver, later determined to be her co-workers, through busy streets as the car wouldn't pull over. When the car did stop, Thompson got out, ran away and then stopped and started laughing at Fowler, according to the report.
In the video, Fowler says that the car was going more than 80 miles per hour. As the car stopped, you can hear laughing from the other vehicle as Thompson got out.
Fowler had pulled out her firearm out of fear of her safety, the report states. Clermont Police Chief Steve Graham saw the video from the cruiser's dashboard and demanded an investigation by Lake County Sheriff's Office.
"This wasn't a game to her- it may have been to them- but it's not a game to her and this could have had tragic consequences," Graham said.
Edwards, who was sitting in the front seat, was determined to also be at fault for the incident. Hale, who was sitting in the backseat, was suspended.
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