THP trooper claims he was terminated after filing complaint

| 2/6/2006

The latest scandal to emerge from the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s ranks is once again calling the patrol’s allegedly fraudulent personnel practices into question.

According to The Associated Press, THP Trooper Archie Story claims he is being fired from the patrol, after he complained to his supervisors about being forced to fix a ticket and change an accident report.

Further details on who the ticket was originally issued to have not emerged. However, Story – a trooper with the patrol for nine years – said he filed the complaint in January, and was notified of his termination five days later, according to The AP.

THP officials have denied the claim, saying that Story’s firing has nothing to do with his complaint, but rather with two accident scenes he arrived to late, The AP reported.

Story’s firing is the latest in a string of scandals to emerge from Tennessee’s state and local police forces, most of which originated from an ongoing investigation by the Nashville newspaper The Tennessean. The newspaper has uncovered more than a dozen incidents, with allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to high-level cronyism throughout the state’s police force and various levels of government.