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Tampa’s sheriff was forced out after using her position to get away with a ticket during a traffic stop involving a golf cart driven by her husband.

Mary O’Connor resigned after an internal review revealed she violated police department policy in the Florida incident on Nov.

Captured by police body cameras, O’Connor identified himself as Tampa sheriff, held up his badge and said, “I hope you guys will release us tonight.”

They were stopped because the golf cart didn’t have a license plate – something they must have if they were to run on a public street.

O’Connor’s husband, Keith, said they had just arrived from a restaurant and didn’t usually drive on the street.

An internal review found O’Connor violated the code of conduct and “abused his position or identity”.

Mary O'Connor resigned after using her position to evade tickets during a traffic stop involving a golf cart driven by her husband (Pic: AP)
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Mary O’Connor later resigned. Photo: AP

“The Tampa Police Department has a code of conduct that includes high standards of ethical and professional behavior that apply to all members of our police force,” Mayor Jane Castor said in a statement. .

“As sheriff, you not only adhere to and enforce those standards, but you also have to set an example. That obviously didn’t happen in this case.”

Last week, O’Connor, who has held the post for nearly a year, issued a statement apologizing for his behaviour.

“Looking back, I realize my handling of this issue might have been seen as inappropriate, but that was certainly not my intention,” she said.

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