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Police captain faces several sanctions for hit and run accident

A Superior police captain is facing three weeks suspension without pay and an alcohol abuse assessment after a hit and run accident early Friday morning.

A Superior police captain is facing three weeks suspension without pay and an alcohol abuse assessment after a hit and run accident early Friday morning.

Capt. Chad La Lor was issued a citation following a police investigation into a crash on North 28th Street near Spartan Drive in Superior. Less than a half hour before the crash, police officers observed La Lor's Mini Cooper outside a downtown bar.

La Lor admitted drinking before the collision in which he drove onto a median and struck a pickup truck owned by Murphy Oil. No one was injured in the crash.

"[I]t is my understanding that no blood/alcohol concentration was obtained as the first post-incident contact with Capt. La Lor occurred some eight or nine hours after the incident," City Attorney Frog Prell wrote in response to a Superior Telegram open record request. "With the passage of some hours between the time of the incident and the contact with the suspect, a blood/alcohol concentration, even if significant, would have no evidentiary value in the context of an alcohol related driving charge."

The accident occurred around 2:25 a.m. Friday, but it was 1 p.m. before Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse met with La Lor at his home during the investigation.

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Prell released the disciplinary agreement that outlines the conditions of La Lor's continued employment after La Lor waived his right to challenge its release in court.

Under the terms of the agreement, La Lor faces:

  • A one-year probationary period to demonstrate his ability to continue to perform his duties as investigations commander. Failure would result in demotion to police sergeant.
  • Plead no contest to the hit and run citation issued by Superior Police Chief Floyd Peters and pay all related fines and penalties, and damages to Murphy Oil.
  • A three-week unpaid suspension.
  • Attend a mandatory employee assistance program referral for an alcohol assessment and comply with recommendations.
  • Has been placed on a last-chance agreement for two years. During that time, any on or off duty alcohol-related conduct that brings discredit to the police department or himself, or any violations of law would result in termination.
  • Breaching the agreement would result in demotion or termination of employment. Under the agreement, any action taken to demote or terminate La Lor for violations covered by the agreement would only be subject to limited review by the Police and Fire Commission, which has the legal authority to discipline police and fire officials.

    La Lor is a 15-year veteran of the police department.

    Chief Floyd Peters said he takes these issues very seriously.

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