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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Police ban cowboy boots after cruiser crashes into store

TRENTON, Fla. (AP) - A police officer who crashed his car into a convenience store when his cowboy boot slipped off the brake said Wednesday he was embarrassed and not opposed to a new department ban on the smooth-soled footwear.
"They had leather soles and when I hit the brake, my foot slipped off and hit the accelerator. It was my fault," said Michael Herko, one of two full-time officers in this rural north Florida town.
Herko, 62, said he was pulling into the store when his squad car crashed Sunday night. The 40-year police veteran was wearing a type of cowboy boots called ropers.
Herko's patrol car crashed through the store's two glass doors.
As a result of the crash, police Chief Bill Smith banned cowboy boots for officers on duty.


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