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East Texas police chief reprimanded for refusing to drive personal vehicle to wreck scene
ZAVALLA, Texas (AP) -- An East Texas police chief has been reprimanded for balking at using his personal vehicle to respond to a traffic accident.
The Zavalla City County voted Monday to reprimand police Chief Joey Courtney, who does not have a take-home city vehicle.
The Lufkin Daily News reported Tuesday that Courtney refused to use his personal vehicle last week on a pre-dawn traffic accident call. Specifics of the wreck weren't released.
Mayor Jimmy Davis says Courtney is a salaried employee and his job description says the chief must respond to emergencies at any time.
Courtney says the Angelina County Sheriff's Office let him know that deputies could respond because he doesn't have a take-home patrol vehicle for emergencies.
Zavalla is a town of about 700 located 130 miles northeast of Houston.
Information from: The Lufkin Daily News, www.lufkindailynews.com