CLEVELAND - The Fox 8 I-Team has learned an Ohio Highway Patrol trooper has been suspended for what happened as a traffic ticket against him was dismissed in Cleveland Municipal Court.
Sergeant Christopher Brock has been suspended for 3 days.
The patrol did an internal investigation after the I-Team started asking questions about what happened with a citation. Brock had been ticketed by a patrol lieutenant after a minor crash with a bus. The ticket was dismissed, and a video recording of the court hearing indicates the trooper who wrote the ticket wasn’t there.
However, the internal investigation showed that trooper was, in fact, in the courthouse. He said he had checked in with the prosecutor and was told he wasn’t needed. The report also shows Sergeant Brock actually spoke to the trooper that morning at the courthouse, yet he never told the judge when the ticket was dismissed.
The report says “Brock stated he was not trying to be dishonest, but he also did not tell the court the lieutenant was present.” The report also says internal investigators asked Brock if this case sheds an “unfavorable light” on the Highway Patrol, and Brock said “…it does not look good.”
Judge Pinkey Carr handled the case. She sees this as more than a simple ticket. Judge Carr said, “It’s an integrity issue. And I mean this is our criminal justice system. We’re here to make sure justice is fair and impartial.”
Brock is assigned to the highway patrol post off 480 in Brook Park. The I-Team reached out to him for comment. A Patrol spokesman told us he was unavailable.