PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Portland police officer resigned after he was charged with failing to report an accident that he was involved in while on duty.
Brian Linville worked on the police force for almost four years. On May 1, he resigned citing personal reasons.
The resignation stems back to an April 28 incident on Westland Drive.
According to a Portland police citation given to Linville, the 40-year-old officer was using his phone when he ran his marked police car into a family’s mailbox, knocking it down.
The impact caused more than $800 in damage to the patrol car.
Instead of stopping, witnesses say Linville drove his police car home, claiming to be sick.
Police Chief Richard Smith says several hours passed before they found Linville. He sent Portland police supervisors to the officer’s home where they reportedly found him drinking alcohol.
That’s when the extent of the damage to the police car was revealed and fellow officers took Linville to a hospital for a blood test, which is required under their policy.
Chief Smith says he doesn’t believe that Linville was drinking while on duty.
A few days later, Linville, who is reportedly going through a divorce, resigned. His resignation letter said in part:
“While I do regret any inconvenience my resignation will cause for you and my co-workers, these personal reasons must be attended to immediately.”
Chief Smith says the incident has been difficult, calling Linville a good officer who recently helped a woman change a tire in sub-freezing temperatures this past winter.
Linville was issued a citation for failing to report an accident.
His fellow police officers have since fixed the mailbox for the family.