Fired Florida trooper gets his job back

Published On: Sep 18 2013 05:49:04 PM EDT
Fired trooper rehired
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A fired Florida Highway Patrol trooper who got in trouble over giving breaks to state legislators is heading back to work.

The Florida Highway Patrol is reinstating Trooper Charles Swindle to his job this Friday.

Swindle was fired because he wrote $10 citations for no proof of insurance to two legislators and another driver instead of ticketing them for speeding.

Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, complained about the citation.

Swindle argued that he was carrying out a long-standing but unwritten policy of giving breaks on speeding tickets to legislators.

A state employee panel ruled in August that Swindle deserved to get suspended instead of getting fired. Swindle's agency decided to reinstate him instead of contesting the ruling.

Swindle is fighting to get back pay and prove he should not be suspended.

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