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San Francisco police sergeant pleads no contest to DUI

On Wednesday, the authorities said that 52-year-old Sgt. Thomas Haymond, a San Francisco police sergeant, has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving after crashing his private vehicle into a parked car in the Sunset District. When the incident happened, he was not on-duty.

On Tuesday, the 22-year veteran assigned to Central Station entered his plea in San Francisco Superior Court.

Haymond was sentenced to 3 years of probation and ordered to attend a 30-day residential program, 90 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a nine-month first-offender program. He was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service by Judge Carlos Ynostroza.

Matthew Sullivan, Haymond’s lawyer said, “My client accepted early responsibility for this off-duty incident. He is remorseful and is committed to completing all of the requirements imposed by the court”.

On the night of 8th of October, Haymond’s BAC level was 0.28 percent which is almost three times the legal limit or driving when he rear-ended a car at 12th Avenue and Lawton Street. According to the police, Haymond was not injured in the accident and drove away. The impact caused the parked car to strike into a tree. A witness called police to report the crash and police followed a trail of debris to Haymond’s home on Moraga Street.

A misdemeanor hit-and-run charge was dismissed by the judge as part of his plea.

Police said that Haymond is on leave with pay and the Police Department’s internal affairs division is investigating the incident.

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