Cop billed city OT pay for work on confiscated boat, motorcycle

Cop billed city OT pay for work on confiscated boat, motorcycle
"He wanted to help the situation," said George Rode (pictured), a member of the Eugene Police Civilian Review Board. "He just didn't go through the right procedure."

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EUGENE, Ore. - A Eugene Police officer faces accusations he took home a boat and motorcycle confiscated by police, worked on the vehicles to get them ready for auction - and then charged the city overtime for the work.

"That's what he said, he wanted to help the situation," said George Rode, a member of the Eugene Police Civilian Review Board. "He just didn't go through the right procedure."

The vehicles were turned over as restitution for a crime. The proceeds from an auction would benefit the victim.

"He wanted to get more money because this was for reimbursement of the victims of a crime," Rode said.

The officer in question faces accusations of misconduct. The officer has not been named, and the details of his punishment are considered personnel matters by the city.

"That wasn't in his job description and that's what kind of bothered me," Rode said. "I wouldn't want technicians to go out and do a police job because that's not what they're trained to do."