Accused ex-cop warned after 2003 accident with Florida department

While working as a sheriff’s deputy in Florida in 2004, Glenn Coyne was given a verbal warning after causing a traffic accident while on the job.

Coyne received “verbal counseling” from a superior about his driving following a Dec. 11, 2003, traffic accident while behind the wheel as a deputy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department, according to records obtained by The Daily Sentinel.

Coyne, 35, was fired Thursday by the Grand Junction Police Department after his arrest on allegations he sexually assaulted a local woman in her home

In the Florida incident, Coyne’s patrol vehicle rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped suddenly in front of him. The records do not indicate whether the other driver was injured.

Ruby Kelley, a paralegal with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department, said Monday that a review of Coyne’s personnel file showed no other record indicating discipline or internal reviews of his performance or behavior on or off duty.

Coyne was hired part-time by Santa Rosa County in 1999. He had served in the Marine Corps from 1992 to 1996.

He resigned in October 2001 for a new law enforcement position with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

According to records provided by Kelley, Coyne was hired again as a deputy by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department after spending just one month in the new job.

He resigned again in February 2006 to take a position the next month with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Coyne left the Sheriff’s Department in January 2007 for his post with the Grand Junction Police Department. In a letter of resignation from the Sheriff’s Department, Coyne cited competitive pay and benefits offered by the city of Grand Junction among his reasons for leaving, according to Mesa County spokeswoman Jessica Peterson.

Documents from Coyne’s employment with the Sheriff’s Department were not immediately available.

Coyne is free after posting $250,000 bond at the Mesa County Jail on Saturday night, where he was booked Thursday on suspicion of first-degree burglary and first-degree sexual assault.

He’s scheduled to return to court Thursday for formal filing of charges.


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