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Milford Officer Suspended, Banned from Cruisers for Nine Months

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MILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Milford Police Chief Keith Mello says a city officer was suspended without pay for five days and banned from driving police vehicles for nine months for driving too fast to emergency calls.

Mello released a statement to the New Haven Register on Tuesday saying Officer James Kiely was suspended and taken off the road. He declined to say when Kiely was disciplined.

Police cruiser video recordings from 2008 obtained by the Register show Kiely driving over 100 mph on three separate calls, reaching up to 113 mph two times.

The newspaper requested the recordings after two teenagers from Orange were killed in a crash with a police cruiser going 94 mph without its emergency lights on last year. Officer Jason Anderson was fired and charged with manslaughter.

A police official said Wednesday that Kiely was unavailable for comment.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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