Fla. officer crashes into store because of cowboy boots
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The Associated Press
TRENTON, Fla. — A police officer who crashed his car into a convenience store when his cowboy boots slipped off the brake said Wednesday he was embarrassed and not opposed to a new department ban on the smooth-soled footwear.
Herko, 62, said he was pulling into the store when his 1997 Ford Crown Victoria squad car crashed Sunday evening. He was wearing a type of cowboy boots called ropers.
Herko's patrol car knocked about a 10-foot-by-10-foot opening where the store's two glass doors had been, police Chief Billy Smith said. Damage was estimated at $3,500.
Smith decided to ban cowboy boots for officers on duty.
"This has never been an issue before because it had never been a problem," Smith said. "It came up now because I knew he [ Herko ] was a good driver and a good officer so I knew there had to be something mechanical involved and that is why we got to looking at the cowboy boots."
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