Austin officer suspended 3 days for hitting pedestrian

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FILE - Austin police cruiser (KXAN FIle Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An Austin Police Department memo released Tuesday shows that an officer, who hit a pedestrian in June, received a three day suspension as punishment.

According to the memo, on June 30, Officer Charles Tucker was driving his patrol vehicle north on Roland Johnson Drive and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of East St. Johns Avenue. When he attempted to make a right turn, Tucker hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

A reason for the crash was not given in the memo. The memo cites a department rule regarding the operation of department vehicles in a manner and rate of speed that would allow for the avoidance of people and objects.

Tucker received his suspension on Sept. 16 and was off-duty from Sept. 17 until the end of Sept. 19.

It’s unknown what condition the pedestrian was in at the time of the crash.

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