Officer under investigation for hit-and-run
DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A Miami-Dade officer has been suspended after being accused of driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident, Sunday morning.
Officer Larry Laverde's internal files with the Miami-Dade Police Department reveal an exemplary police officer. He has two outstanding performance evaluations from his supervisors and all the rest above satisfactory, with 22 commendations with his seven years with the department.
That outstanding officer is not the man Fernando Monch said sped into his car around 2:30 Sunday morning leaving his car crumpled on the side of Southwest 127th Avenue. "I'm supposed to be protected by the police. Not the police do that to me and they disappear," said Monch.
A witness said Officer Laverde was behind the wheel of his Miami-Dade Police cruiser, off-duty, drunk, speeding northbound with no sirens blaring or emergency lights, when Laverde T-boned the Mazda and never stopped. "He was just going really fast. He was just hauling butt. I saw it happen. It was just brutal. The fact that anybody would leave is just ridiculous," said witness Michael Murphy.
Miami-Dade Police arrested their own officer at his apartment around three hours later after he failed a field sobriety test, was reportedly glassy eyed and smelling of alcohol.
Laverde's police file also revealed a history of car accidents in his cruiser, five of them since 2008 and two that year. All of the accidents were deemed preventable and the majority are considered minor.
Laverde is facing charges of fleeing the scene of an accident and driving under the influence.
He is currently under paid suspension as the investigation continues.
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