Officer accused of horseplay on job fired

February 4, 2010 7:18:13 AM PST
A Clute police officer who wrecked his patrol car has been fired for horseplay on the job. The crash was caught on another officer's dash cam last November. According to the Brazoria County Facts, an internal investigation ruled the crash was Officer Scott Morton's fault.

He was reportedly going more than 100 miles an hour on Highway 288 when he lost control and flipped into a ditch. The wreck was so serious that Officer Morton was ejected from his squad car.

"He had a broken pelvis, front and back, broke both ankles, had a collapsed lung, contusion to his chest, some bleeding on the brain," said Captain Robin Carlton with the Clute Police Department during our initial report back in December.

Captain Carlton said he believes Officer Morton had no one to blame but himself.

"Horseplay. That's the only way I can describe it," said Captain Carlton. "I mean, they were out there playing around, at least one of them was, anyway."

When we first reported on this story, Officer Morton told us, "Everything that was in the Brazosport Facts is not true."

The officer in the second patrol car is still under investigation for his role in the crash.


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