Off-duty Miami-Dade officer suspended for leaving the scene of an accident

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

A Miami-Dade police officer has been suspended with pay after leaving the scene of a crash early Sunday morning involving two other vehicles.

According to the police report, Larry Laverde, 30, a seven-year veteran, was off-duty in a marked cruiser headed north on Southwest 127th Avenue at around 2:30 a.m. when he approached a flashing red light continued and struck a car driven by Fernando Monch, 63, that was headed east at the intersection approaching of Miller Drive.

The debris from that crash then damaged a third vehicle. No one was seriously injured in the crash.

Witnesses said Laverde then left the scene. He called a co-worker and told him what had happened and that he was heading home. The co-worker contacted Miami-Dade police. Laverde apparently told police that he was conducting a criminal investigation, and said he hadn’t been drinking.

He eventually submitted to an alcohol test and was charged with driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a crash, the report said.

The arresting officer noted that Laverde’s breath smelled like he had been drinking.

Laverde’s suspension is pending the results of the investigation.

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