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Billings officer put on leave without pay

BILLINGS (AP) — A Billings police officer who authorities say drove an intoxicated man and woman outside the city limits and left them on the side of a two-lane highway at 3 a.m. in January has been placed on leave without pay for two weeks.

The Billings Gazette reports that Paul Lamantia must also write a letter of apology and attend cultural diversity training.

Authorities in documents released Friday say officers believed the man and woman were trying to be taken to jail. But jail officials told officers they didn't have room for female inmates. Authorities also say the Montana Rescue...

 

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