PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - A Prichard police officer who was arrested and found guilty on reckless endangerment charges in Mobile municipal court is still an officer for the city of Prichard.
The Mobile County Personnel Board confirmed Ivan Lopez is still an officer and has no disciplinary records in his file.
Mobile Police said in July 2012 Lopez became "enraged" with another driver, pulled in front of the victim's car and then slammed on his brakes, almost causing a crash between the two vehicles.
"Lopez then reportedly began weaving in and out of traffic lanes, endangering others on the bridge," said Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department.
According to Lopez's attorney, Neil Hanely, a judge found his client guilty of the reckless endangerment charge.
Hanely told FOX10 News he is appealing the guilty verdict and is awaiting a jury trial for his client. Hanely said the appeal will give Lopez a brand new trial and possibly a new verdict.
Lopez did not have to serve his penalty for the guilty verdict because of the pending trial.
The Mobile County District Attorney's Office said this is standard protocol.
Former Prichard Police Chief Jimmie Gardner released this statement to FOX10 News in 2012.
"It is the responsibility and duty of our officers to serve and protect the citizens," Gardner said. "This allegation is under investigation and, if found to be true, we will take all appropriate actions."
Monday, July 8 Prichard Police Department said it had no comment, but some Prichard residents have something to say.
"If an officer is charged with an offense, I believe that he should be suspended without pay until he is until the problem has been solved," said one resident.
"But if it was reckless endangerment where they can prove it, let him sit for a minute," said Grace Carter.
FOX10 News will continue to follow this developing story.
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