Ohio cop fired for failing to charge firefighter with DUI
The officer said he became aware of his position as a firefighter and "was concerned if a DUI charge was pursued, there may be some sort of reprisal"
DAYTON, Ohio — A Dayton police officer was recently fired for failing to charge a firefighter for driving while intoxicated after the firefighter struck several cars when he drove the wrong way on U.S. 35 last fall.
Officer Travis Salyer was terminated on May 19. He'd been with the department for seven years. This week, the newspaper obtained an exclusive copy of a police administrative investigation report regarding Salyer's firing. The document cites multiple violations in the department's code of conduct stemming from the arrest of Dayton firefighter Brandon Lee on Aug. 28, 2013.
Lee's pickup truck was damaged and missing a tire on the side of U.S. 35 East when Officer Erica Cash arrived at the scene. Further up the road, she found several cars that were damaged, and the drivers told her a truck matching the description of the one Lee was driving was at fault. Salyer was called to the scene to assist Cash, and asked to get a witness statement from Lee, according to the report. A breathalyzer test administered hours after the accident revealed that Lee's blood alcohol level was .142. The legal limit is .08 percent.