Investigation finds criminal, driving offenses in Highway Patrol - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Investigation finds criminal, driving offenses in Highway Patrol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  Background checks at the Tennessee Highway Patrol have found that 41 state troopers and staffers have criminal or driving violations.

Governor Bredesen said Thursday the situation was "unacceptable."

He said there's been a pattern of cronyism that needs rooting out, and said it looks like the Highway Patrol has been taking care of its own.

The report was done by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. There are 855 troopers.

It said 58 patrol employees were flagged by national criminal databases or had serious driving violations. But 15 had their records legally expunged, and another two had other reasons for not being identified in the report, including one who was the victim of identity theft.

The criminal charges range in severity and include aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. The offenses date back as far as 1964.

Seven officers had their driver's licenses suspended or revoked after being convicted of traffic offenses.

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