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Orlando officers fired for covering up chase, police say

Officers will appeal termination

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two Orlando police officers have been fired after an internal investigation concluded that they tried to cover up an unauthorized vehicle chase last year.

Termination letters released Monday say OPD officers Michael Favorit Jr. and Frederick Rolle were fired June 29 for their conduct Dec. 28 when the officers started following a Jeep.

The report said the officers didn't use lights or sirens when they pursued the Jeep and never informed dispatchers of the chase. The officers later reported the Jeep as a stolen vehicle and drove it to a liquor store after finding it abandoned in a field, thereby tainting a crime scene, authorities said.

Rolle never mentioned the chase in his report.

Officials said the officers are appealing the decision and going to arbitration.