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Resource ID: #26164
Subject: Corruption
Source: WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)
Date: 2024-05-23



The ABC Action News I-Team took an in-depth look at issues, circumstances, and policies that led officers to release a Tampa Bay area city manager, who was found passed out behind the wheel of a running car in the middle of the road. The dashcam video and police reports reveal Tom O'Neill could not stand, walk or talk without assistance. Yet the officer closed the case as a medical call. O'Neill was found in the town he once ran which borders the small city he now over sees. The I-team, through multiple public records requests, discovered a series of phone calls and radio dispatches that led O'Neill's own police chief to leave his jurisdiction and respond to the scene. His actions contributed to Port Richey Police turning a blind eye to a drunk driver whose blood alcohol level was later found to be four times the legal limit.

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