Columbus officers' suspensions upheld

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Civil Service Commission has upheld the suspensions of two police officers.

Retired Lt. John Pevey and officer Richard Higgins were suspended 20 workdays by the city council in February after Higgins totaled his squad car during a New Year’s Day storm.

The Commercial Dispatch reports the commission voted 2-1 Thursday to uphold the suspensions after a hearing for the two officers.

The discipline stemmed from an incident in which Pevey allegedly failed to properly report that Higgins’ squad car had been totaled after it stalled in a deep puddle. Pevey has since left the police department.

Columbus Police Chief Joseph St. John told the commission that he was not notified of the incident until Jan. 4, and the accompanying documentation was not complete.