PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida Highway Patrol trooper seen on video pursuing a suspect at 100 mph the wrong way has resigned after an internal affairs investigation determined numerous policy violations.
Trooper Tim Nichols violated policy in the chase on I-275 in St. Petersburg and in unholstering his gun outside a classroom in a separate incident, police told Bay News 9.
"[Nichols'] actions as a totality clearly indicate flawed judgment ... by improper use of your weapon and your dangerous driving," FHP Col. David Brierton wrote in a dismissal letter this week.
Newly-released dash cam video shows Nichols pursuing a white car he had clocked speeding at 120 mph in a posted 65 mph zone. He followed the car up an exit ramp and past a warning sign, driving the wrong way for 1/8 mile.
A sergeant radioed for him to stop the chase, but he said he did not hear the instruction and decided on his own to stop at the same time a second call came through.
"It was 4 o’clock in the morning. There was very little, if no, traffic on the roadway,” Nichols said.
Nichols made national headlines two years ago when dash cam video was released showing the trooper shooting nine rounds at a fleeing sandwich thief in a nursing home parking lot, according to the report.
Following the incident, he was was suspended for 40 hours after the shooting for "careless use of a weapon."
Nichols said working in law enforcement was his dream job. He had been a trooper for 10 years.