Sanford officer suspended without pay for failing to call 911 after off-duty crash

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SANFORD, Fla. —

Channel 9 has learned a Sanford police officer has been suspended without pay because he failed to call 911 after an off-duty crash.

The Internal Affairs report says Officer Keaton Allbritton hopped a curb in his Ford F-150, ran over a stop sign and later drove home.

What Allbritton did not know is that someone nearby heard the crash, followed him and reported the truck's location to the Lake Mary Police Department.

When an officer arrived, he found Allbritton's girlfriend under the F-150, manipulating the truck's spare tire.

Allbritton told the officer he didn’t call 911 right away because his cellphone died.

According to the IA report, the Lake Mary officer said Allbritton admitted he had been drinking, yet in the crash report, the officer checked "no" under the box labeled "suspected alcohol use."

The officer said he did not think Allbritton was impaired to the point where an arrest was necessary.

Lake Mary's chief argued the department went above and beyond by filing a crash report, incident report and immediately alerting Sanford police.