HAINES CITY, Fla. — A Haines City Police Department officer has been fired after police say he violated orders when he crashed his car while responding to a call.
Investigators say former Officer Christopher Jackson, 46, was responding to a call just before 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 19 when he crashed on U.S. 17.
An investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office revealed he was not wearing a seatbelt and was traveling at speeds as high as 107 miles per hour, according to an internal investigation.
A letter to Jackson from Intermin City Manager, James Elensky, says Haines City administrators were "made aware of a serious incident you were involved in on February 19, 2021, which after investigation led to a recommendation for termination by your command staff."
Haines City police say Jackson had been with the department since 2015.
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