- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - A Boca Raton police officer has been fired after an internal investigation discovered he violated eight department policies during an arrest.

Chief Dan Alexander said Friday James Clark was terminated this week. No criminal charges were filed against Clark.

The Palm Beach Post (https://pbpo.st/1H5ApxV ) reports Clark fired a shot at a fleeing stolen car suspect and took part in a 100 mph chase in October 2014.

Alexander says the incident started off with poor decisions and “unraveled from that point.”

Clark told investigators he was scared because he thought the driver was pulling a weapon.

Twenty-seven-year-old suspect Mark Simmons pleaded guilty to fleeing an officer and was sentenced to the 98 days he had already served.

The report condemns Clark’s handling of the traffic stop, use of force and pursuit.


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, https://www.pbpost.com

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