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Duluth police officer pleads guilty to collision charge | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

DULUTH POLICE BADGE_jpg_475x310_q85Published May 21, 2013, 05:56 PM

Duluth police officer pleads guilty to collision charge

A Duluth police officer accused of twice backing his personal car into another vehicle in a parking lot outside a Lincoln Park bar and leaving the scene while off duty admitted to his crime Tuesday in State District Court.

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

A Duluth police officer accused of twice backing his personal car into another vehicle in a parking lot outside a Lincoln Park bar and leaving the scene while off duty admitted to his crime Tuesday in State District Court.

Brian Scott Jones, 50, pleaded guilty to the crime he was charged with — collision with an unattended vehicle, a misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but the time was stayed for one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. As conditions of his probation, he was told to have no same or similar violations. He was fined $585.

Jones, who was Duluth’s Police Officer of the Year in 2006 when he worked as the Lincoln Park neighborhood officer, earlier apologized to the owner of the vehicle he hit, his family, co-workers, police administration and to the public. He said that he made an error in judgment that night.

The case was charged by the Lake County Attorney’s Office in Two Harbors after being referred there to avoid a conflict of interest in Duluth. Jones has returned to duty after being placed on administrative leave.

Jones, 50, was not in his car when police responded to Mitch’s bar, 2113 W. Superior St., about 9:16 p.m. March 14 after receiving a report of a hit and run that just occurred to an unoccupied parked vehicle. An investigation by Duluth police revealed that Jones had backed his car into the parked vehicle twice.

Jones worked as a Minneapolis police officer for two years before joining the Duluth force in 1998. He is a member of the department’s tactical response team, which responds to all incidents when officers’ lives may be in danger. He also is a member of the entry team, which is the most dangerous position on the special weapons and tactics team because its members make the initial entry into a building to execute drug search warrants, rescue hostages and in incidents involving barricaded, armed suspects.

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