Retired Gary cop still drove his squad two months after last day
by Lori Caldwell email@example.com | 648-3258 June 15, 2012 5:34PM
Dave Marek. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 17, 2012 12:43PM
GARY — Two months and two days after Lt. David Marek retired from the Gary Police Department and started a new career at U.S. Steel, he was involved in a minor crash.
In the take-home Gary squad car he was still driving.
Marek worked his last day on March 22 but remained on the city payroll until May 29, using up vacation and compensatory time.
On May 24, he was stopped in the 900 block of Glen Park Avenue in Griffith when the city-owned 2010 Ford Crown Victoria was hit from behind.
Police Chief Wade Ingram transferred several officers this week “for greater accountability.” He said he reversed the action after obtaining more facts and said Friday evening he would wait for information about Marek before commenting.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said the chief wanted to review personnel records and department policies before making a statement. The Post-Tribune submitted questions to Ingram on Thursday afternoon in writing, as requested by the chief.
The driver of the other car in Marek’s crash admitted she was at fault, saying she was unfamiliar with the car she was driving, the police report states.
Griffith police said damage to both cars was minimal. Gary self-insures its city vehicles.
The Gary police standard operating procedures require officers with take-home cars to park them at the garage if they are going to be off work for a week’s vacation or more.