Speeding Ohio Cop Fired, Trooper To Be Suspended

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (Ap) -- An Ohio police officer has been fired for off-duty speeding on his motorcycle at nearly 150 mph, but a state trooper ticketed with him keeps his job.

Christopher Thomas learned from a letter Monday that he was being dismissed as an officer for the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.

The city's safety director wrote that Thomas was not suited to be a police officer.

State Highway Patrol officials wanted to terminate trooper Jason Highsmith.

Instead, an agreement reached with the State Troopers Association on Monday will suspend him without pay for five days and reassign him.

Thomas and Highsmith both pleaded guilty to speeding for citations they received on interstate 70 on June 28.

Authorities said Thomas was clocked at 149 mph and Highsmith at 147 mph.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by ben on Aug 25, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    all in who you know...or did i get that wrong? lol
  • by darlene Location: wva on Aug 25, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    sounds like one is kissing butt.[He must be white] And the other one is black. Thats why he gets fired. They both should be fired. a black person gets it hard. Yes iam white.
  • by valley girl Location: ohio on Aug 25, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    Why is one fired and the other gets to keep his job???? There was only like 2 mph differance!!!os fishy must be something they are hidding!!!
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