Officer disciplined before for off-duty antics

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The off-duty officer who crashed a car into a home has been in trouble before.

2 NEWS Investigates first told you Sergeant Kori Rolando crashed his car into a home in West Carrollton April 6.

He was cited for operating a vehicle without reasonable control.

The home he hit had to be condemned.

The owner hasn’t been able to live there since the accident.

After going through hundreds of pages of internal investigation records 2 NEWS Investigates obtained from the West Carrollton Police Department, we found this accident wasn’t the first time Sergeant Rolando broke the law while off-duty.

According to Sergeant Kori Rolando’s disciplinary record with the West Carrollton Police Department, he has been under internal review five times in the past 14 years.

Two of the write-ups caught our attention. Records show in 2000, Rolando hit a car with his police cruiser while in traffic. Nobody was seriously injured, but he was cited for assured clear distance and given an oral reprimand.

In 2006, he was investigated for breaking the law while off-duty.

Internal investigation documents say Rolando and a few other West Carrollton officers were involved with what documents called “playing a joke on the midnight shift.”

Reports said they broke into Wilson Park Pool after hours, called 911, hung up and then ran from their fellow officers when police responded to the dropped call.  At one point a gun was pulled by the officer on duty before he realized the people he was chasing were off-duty officers.

Rolando was ultimately given three days of un-paid suspension. The criminal investigation was dropped. Records say the department wanted to handle it internally.

I also checked Rolando’s employment record. In it I found 29 performance reviews to be very positive. He also had several commendation letters that reference fast responses and in one case, saving the life of a civilian.

As far as the recent accident goes, the West Carrollton Police Department has not decided if they will take any internal action. Police Chief Woodard tells us they are still reviewing the accident report from OSP.
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