Germantown officer suspended five days for wreck in Memphis
A Germantown police officer was suspended five days without pay Friday in connection with a pre-dawn traffic accident while he was on duty but handling personal business outside the suburb earlier this month.
Senior officer T.D. Davis, who works the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, waived his right to an administrative hearing and "accepted responsibility for his actions," according to paperwork associated with the disciplinary action. He has three days to decide if he will appeal the decision.
Davis was charged with leaving his duty assignment and unsafe operation of a vehicle in connection with the Feb. 1 accident involving one of the department's new 2012 Chevrolet Tahoes. The two-car wreck occurred about 5:50 a.m. when Davis, who had left Germantown to take a set of car keys to his wife at their Memphis home, disregarded a stop sign at Quince and Haddington.
The statement of charges against Davis said he left his district without a supervisor's permission. Davis, who has been with the Germantown Police Department about 13 years, lives in the general area of Quince and Haddington.
A review of the patrol vehicle's in-car video showed Davis was going 54 mph in a 35 mph zone northbound on Haddington. He slowed to 33 mph as he approached the stop sign at Quince, disregarded the sign and struck a westbound car on Quince. Deputy Chief Rodney Bright, who handled Davis' case Friday morning, said he didn't have an estimate on the damage, but indicated it was extensive.
In the Memphis police accident report, the driver of the second car — Thelma L. Phillips of Memphis — said when the cars came to rest, Davis came to her and asked if she was all right, apologized, said he "messed up" and that he was calling for help.
Bright said the departmental violations were "out of character" for the officer.
"He's a veteran officer with a lot of experience and very professional in the way he does his job," Bright said.