VIRGINIA GARDENS, Fla – Virginia Gardens Police Chief Jim Chohonis failed to return to work last December after being placed on leave, Miami Herald reports.
“The chief sold his house, has been unresponsive to emails and moved to North Carolina,” said Virginia Gardens Mayor Spencer Deno IV, who placed Greek-American Chohonis on administrative leave last July after a multi-city police chase ended in gunfire near Village Hall.
“On July 6, 2016, you attempted to drive your police vehicle in uniform to an active crime scene where two subjects were detained and the use of force could have been required,” states a Sept. 16 memo from Deno to Chohonis. “It came to my attention that you have been using an opiate pump due to your medical condition.”
Deno added that the village had a reasonable belief that Chohonis could pose a “direct threat to yourself or others due to your medical condition and the medications that you are taking,” states the memo.