NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Authorities have released dispatch transmissions between authorities and an officer who was let go from his job after being arrested for a DUI.
During a termination meeting with 25-year-old Nicholas Lomma, North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt discovered that Looma has also discharged his assigned duty weapon outside the scope of policy. Looma indicated that he was target practicing earlier on Saturday.
Lomma was terminated for driving his city vehicle after consuming alcohol and for driving his assigned city vehicle more than 10 miles from the North Charleston city limit. According to North Charleston police, target practicing with his assigned weapon, by its self, would have been a lesser discipline.
South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers arrested Lomma after he allegedly crashed his police cruiser on Bennett's Point Road in Colleton County Saturday morning. Lomma says he swerved to miss a deer.
Authorities say most of the damage to the car was done to the under carriage. Lomma was let go from his job as a North Charleston police officer on Monday.
The North Charleston Police Department released dashboard video from Looma's patrol car Wednesday. The department also addressed the incident during a press conference Wednesday.
North Charleston's police chief says officer who was fired "He messed up and made a huge mistake," North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt said during a press conference Wednesday.
Zumalt says patrol cars aren't allowed to go more than 10 miles outside city limits. Zumalt said the department's policy will not change even after Lomma's arrest. Zumalt said he is embarrassed because Lomma put the department in a bad light.