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Police commander resigns after drunk driving accusations

May 23, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A longtime Portland police commander who was accused of driving drunk off duty and crashing a police SUV into a light pole has resigned.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 47-year-old Steven James Jones was head of the bureau’s Professional Standards Division at the time of the June 2018 crash.

His lawyer says Jones chose to resign in the face of potential discipline, which could have included termination.

State records show Jones’ resignation went into effect May 3.

Jones pleaded no contest to reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants last year in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

His license was suspended for three months, he was put on probation and agreed to pay the city over $38,000 in restitution to cover damage to the police SUV and the pole.

The state Department of Public Safety Standards & Training also is reviewing Jones’ police certification.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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