New Cumberland Police Chief Lester Skinner will be disciplined for his role in the incident. The extent of his discipline is not yet know. Skinner will remain the part-time police chief.
It all comes after Wellsburg Officer Taylor White Crashed her unmarked cruiser on city property in New Cumberland, and left the scene. She then drove to Chief Skinner’s house. After an investigation, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said White had been drinking before the crash, and reportedly she was drinking at Chief Skinner’s, who is also a full time lieutenant with the Wellsburg Police Department.
According to that report, the cruiser involved in the crash was hidden behind a large bush on Skinners property, and the front end was not visible. Skinner instructed the New Cumberland Officer to record the accident on an incident log instead of an accident report. Skinner also declined to provide a written statement about the incident. Skinner also asked if any other officers were going to come, and then asked the officer on scene “Are we good?”
New Cumberland’s Mayor, Linda McNeil, released a statement on the incident on Friday:
“This is a personnel matter that is being handled internally, even though the investigation had to be handled externally as it would have been a conflict of interest to have the New Cumberland Police Department investigate activities in their own department. There is a disciplinary action in place and will be served on the Chief in the near future. This concludes the matter for the city of New Cumberland. We are putting this behind us and moving forward.”
Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith will be named the special prosecutor in charge of this case.