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Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Vineland, NJ City Council Approves $25K to Repair Police SUV

A Vineland police officer responding to a call in mid January "apparently 'blacked out'”, which led to his 2014 Ford Explorer striking a tree, reported Joseph P. Smith of

Police Chief Timothy Codispoti told Smith on February 25 that Officer William Burris was returned to full duty after being cleared medically effective on Jan. 26.Codispoti added that no further medical information will be released.On the night of February 24, City Council unanimously approved a request for $25,221 to repair the vehicle.

The money request was contained in a recent memo from the city repair garage head to the city safety insurance coordinator. The memo also identifies the officer as Burris, reported Smith.

Garage Services Supervisor Jacob Milich wrote in a letter on Feb. 17 that since the repairs will cost under $32,900, making it less than a 70 percent loss, it will be able to be salvaged. However, questions remain about whether the repair work will uncover even more damage that would make it impractical to repair the Explorer.

Milich added that the technicians will not know for sure until the engine is exposed, because if it happens to be crushed, the vehicle will be declared unsalvageable, reported Smith.

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