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Elmwood Police Chief suspended with pay

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ELMWOOD - Adam Meyers, Elmwood's Police Chief, was suspended with pay by the Elmwood Police Committee Oct. 4.

The committee isn't stating why the suspension occurred, but Meyers has his thoughts.

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In an e-mail exchange with the Herald, Meyers believes the one-car accident he was in on Sept. 30 was a contributing factor.

"The Police Committee suspended me with pay alleging that the accident was caused by my negligence," Meyers said in the e-mail. "It's alleged that I was negligent because the patrol vehicle's tires were poor; I knew they were poor and I didn't have them replaced."

At the Oct. 8 monthly board meeting, Board Trustee and Police Committee Chairman Bob Rupakus was asked whether or not the accident was the reasoning behind the suspension. His response was no that on Sept. 28, just two days prior to Meyers' accident, the Committee approved the idea of forming a Police Commission with the stated goal of reviewing Meyers' position.

On 12:34 p.m. Sept. 30, Meyers was traveling westbound on W. Winter St. in the Village of Elmwood, when according to the accident report, supplied by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, he was trying to make a traffic stop in the rain with the emergency lights and siren on. He crossed a bridge when the rear end of the vehicle hydroplaned in heavy rain. The rear end spun clockwise and struck the north curb. After striking the curb, Meyers struck four mailboxes on a metal pole. Besides weather, tires were listed as a contributing factor in the accident.

For more read the Oct. 17 print version of the Herald.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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