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Town of Beloit officer faces disciplinary action

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ANN MARIE AMES
April 23, 2010
— A committee on Monday could decide if a town of Beloit police officer should be suspended for five days after he left his squad car unattended while several gallons of fuel spilled at a gas station.

The Town of Beloit Police and Fire Disciplinary Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Monday to review a complaint Police Chief John Wilson has filed against officer Chris Luzinski.


According to the complaint, Luzinski on Feb. 12 went to Stop-n-Go, 907 E. Inman Parkway, Beloit, to fuel his car.


Luzinski left the pump running and fueling and went inside the store.


He did not punch out of his car by computer or radio, which is a violation of department policy, the complaint states.


While Luzinski was away from the car, 8 to 12 gallons of fuel spilled, the complaint states. Luzinski said he checked with the gas station attendant, who said everything was fine.


Luzinski left the scene.


In a resulting investigation, the attendant said he did not tell Luzinski everything was fine.


The police department paid $775 for the town fire and public works departments to clean up the spill and for the spilled gasoline, the complaint states.


Luzinski put the publicís safety at risk and put the town at risk of liability, the complaint states.



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