Port Angeles deputy police chief hits car
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Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith fills out paperwork on the hood of a State Patrol car after hitting a Cadillac parked on Peabody Street with his squad car Monday.

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — The deputy chief of the Port Angeles Police Department struck a parked Cadillac with his patrol vehicle Monday afternoon on Peabody Street, police confirmed.

Brian Smith, the department's second-in-command, was “making a left-hand turn off Fourth onto Peabody Street and struck a parked vehicle, much to his embarrassment,” Chief Terry Gallagher said. “His last on-duty accident occurred in 1993.”

Gallagher said law enforcement officers “drive hundreds of thousands of miles and sometimes have car wrecks.”

The black Cadillac CTS sustained minor damage on above its left rear tire. The right front tire on the police vehicle also was damaged.

There were no injuries.

Smith asked the State Patrol to conduct the investigation, which Gallagher described as “the appropriate thing to do.”

Gallagher said a common discipline for such an incident would be an eight-hour suspension. No penalty will be imposed until the State Patrol report becomes available today, Gallagher said.

Last modified: October 02. 2012 10:16AM
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