OSAKA — A 50-year-old police officer from the Izumisano Police Station was fired after it was disclosed that he arranged for a third person to be charged in an injury accident he caused in June while driving without a license, police said Thursday.The assistant inspector, who has not been named, received his dismissal notice June 24 from the Osaka Prefectural Police. He faces charges of professional negligence leading to injury and violating traffic laws, and his case will soon be sent to prosecutors, according to Osaka police officials.At around 6 p.m. on June 23, the officer’s vehicle struck a motorcycle being driven by a 17-year-old boy in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. Although it was a minor collision, the boy, who works as an electrician, fell off his bike and hit his head on the pavement, causing an injury that required a week of treatment, police said.The officer’s license had been suspended for 30 days the previous month for driving under the influence of alcohol. On the day of the accident, he was on his way home from traffic school, police said. His license was to be reinstated the following day, they said.Fearing that his schooling would be wasted, the officer called an acquaintance for help. The acquaintance, a company president, sent an employee to police to take the blame, but witnesses and the 17-year-old detected the lie, according to police.
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