Police commander pleads no contest to reckless driving
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A longtime Portland police commander who was accused of driving intoxicated when he was in charge of the bureau’s internal affairs division has pleaded no contest to reckless driving.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 47-year-old Steven James Jones entered the plea to the misdemeanor charge in Multnomah County Circuit Court Wednesday.
Court records say Jones also has agreed to pay the city of Portland $38,239.95 in restitution to cover damage to the police vehicle he was driving and a light pole he struck on June 28.
Jones was off-duty, alone in the vehicle and not injured.
Jones has been on paid administrative leave since the crash.
He’ll remain on leave, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com