An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper has been transferred away from patrolling Lincoln County’s streets after local prosecutors made it clear they would not allow him to testify during court proceedings.
Trooper Darrel Van Hoose spent more than a year on administrative leave while OSP carried out both criminal and personnel investigations into allegations that he perjured himself in court and improperly altered the results of a field sobriety test.
While the criminal probe was concluded without any charges being filed, the personnel investigation sustained two of the four allegations against Van Hoose, leading OSP to cut his salary.
Van Hoose was placed on paid administrative leave on April 11, 2011, and was not allowed to return to duty until March 3, 2012, after both investigations had run their course.
“It was our opinion that he was back to work with corrective actions imposed,” Captain Jeff Lanz of the OSP’s Office of Professional Standards said.
But, Lanz said, soon after Van Hoose returned to patrol duty OSP received notice from the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office that none of the prosecutors there would be willing to put Van Hoose on the stand in future cases.
“If they weren’t going to take his cases, he’s really combat ineffective for us here,” Lanz said.
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