PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Portland Police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaving the scene without reporting an accident.
Daniel Brian Linville, 40, was charged with a citation for the misdemeanor crime of failure to report an accident while on duty.
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.
His fellow police officers fixed the mailbox for the family.
Linville worked on the police force for almost four years. On May 1, he resigned citing personal reasons.
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.”