Neither of the two reports prepared by Bristol police about an on-duty crash by former Police Officer Robert Mosback said anything about the possibility that Mosback had been drinking beforehand.
The initial accident report prepared by Sgt. Dennis Daigneault said only that Mosback received “some cuts to his hands” and that he “may have been briefly rendered unconscious” in the June 26, high-speed crash on Riverside Avenue.
Daigneault’s report, which quoted two witnesses and the officer who plowed into a pole, said that Mosback “was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford whereupon he was held overnight for observation.”
The report said nothing about which officers were on the scene or what any of them might have seen. It also did not mention firefighters who were also there.
Daigneault, whose report was finished shortly after the accident, issued a warning ticket to Mosback for speeding and making a restricted turn.
On July 19, Capt. Eric Osanitsch filed a second report that went over the same ground briefly and then reviewed department procedures and policies that Mosback may have violated.
Osanitsch, who said Thursday he could not comment because a gag order has been placed on all discussion of the case, reported the same facts with one exception.
His report said that Mosback was transported to Bristol Hospital, where he was held overnight and released the following morning. It is not clear which report is right.
Osanitsch found that Mosback violated two sections of the police code of conduct in failing to care properly for assigned equipment and for performing his duties “in a careless or negligent manner or in disregard of proscribed procedures or established practice.”
After the captain’s report, Police Chief John DiVenere ordered a four-day suspension for Mosback to be served in mid-September.
City leaders said the first time they learned Mosback had been drinking was on Sept. 22 when a medical claims examiner phoned to say the officer’s workers’ compensation claim would be denied.
A week later, after being placed on administrative leave, Mosback resigned.
I'll get copies of both reports, and more, on this blog later today.
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