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Mel Gibson

Arresting Cop in DUI Case

To Be Fired

6/27/2012 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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8:54 AM PT -- Sheriff spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ ... the decision to terminate Mee was "not connected to the Mel Gibson arrest at all."

Whitmore adds, "We disagree with the characterization ... this was not retaliation."

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The L.A. County Sheriff's deputy who famously arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 for DUI is about to be fired ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell us ... Deputy James Mee has received a letter stating that the Sheriff's Dept. intends to give him the boot for allegedly violating procedure by engaging in a high-speed pursuit that ended in a fiery explosion.

Mee and his lawyer, Richard Shinee, have accused the Sheriff's Dept of retaliating against the Deputy because Sheriff Lee Baca believes Mee is the one who leaked 4 pages of Mel's arrest report to TMZ.  Mee's superiors had ordered the deputy to remove the 4 pages, which contained a blow-by-blow of Mel's anti-Semitic tirade on Pacific Coast Highway.  The Sheriff's Dept. repeatedly told TMZ ... Mel was arrested "without incident" and no anti-Semitic remarks were uttered.

The incident that triggered the firing occurred on June 17, 2011, when Mee attempted to stop a driver who was allegedly drunk.  The driver, who was traveling around 30 mph, gunned it and was going more than 100 mph when his car skidded into a gas station, hitting 2 pumps which triggered an explosion. Check out the security footage.



In the letter, the Sheriff's Dept. accuses Mee of not only violating the pursuit policy but lying to his superior about his involvement in the chase.   The main gripe was that Mee didn't immediately notify emergency officials there was a crash.  Mee's lawyer, Richard Shinee says Mee DID promptly reach out for help.

Shinee tells TMZ, "Nobody in the history of the Sheriff's Dept. has ever been fired for allegedly violating the pursuit policy."  Shinee says these are "trumped up charges calculated to vindicate their wrath against him."

Shinee adds, "This final act of retaliation falls on the heels of a series of retaliatory acts by the Sheriff's Department."

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday, where Mee can plead his case, but sources tell us the die has already been cast.

We contacted the Sheriff's Dept.  So far, no comment.

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lmfao    

Mel Gibson hired Jesus to get this guy fired

757 days ago
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My Big Salami    

Maybe he can get a job at Death Row Records?...Lot's of ex crooked cops work there!

757 days ago
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The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

Oink

757 days ago
4.

WCK604    

Shinee and Mee? sounds like a comedy routine.

757 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

Always thought that Mee fellow was making up that vendetta his department had against him to make a buck with it, bit, after this story, it's kinda hard to NOT believe that the sheriff wasn't gunning for him.

Put it to you this way: we've all heard stories about cops literally beating or killing people, and, usually, the blue line protected them tooth and nail. Never, though, have I ever heard about a cop getting fired over a high speed chase...

But, hey, Mee gonna get some extra changes over this bogus dismissal, so I ain't crying for him.

757 days ago
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jackmama311    

still grateful for this story cause it brought us mel's great line phrase "sugar t*ts"

757 days ago
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Kari    

Mel's career is about where this guy's is.

757 days ago
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Fat Mike    

bahahahaha
I notice TMZ don't deny he was the source. That's what you get for being a snitch. Bye bye!

757 days ago
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I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

I dated a cop before he was a real weirdo in the bedroom... he didn't know what to do...I would never date a cop again..they are so lame!!!

757 days ago
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janet    

Cut the crap. Mel Gibson, that was 6 years ago. Retalitation? NO.

757 days ago
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Fat Mike    

Wow, that video is amazing. Lucky that nutcase didn't kill anyone

757 days ago
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Cujeaux    

In both cases Mee was punished for not letting a drunk driver off the hook. Boss Hogg better check himself before he wrecks himself. Now all of the BS, cover ups and lies will come out about Giblitz' arrest when Mee files a wrongful termination lawsuit. Seems like he would rather work than live off of a state funded pay day. Maybe this time the county officials will balk at having to cover the cost of another Gibby mess. Unless of course it's paid for by $POTC$ - which isn't hard to believe.

757 days ago
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Truth    

SOOO THEY BLAMING THIS LIVE LEAK FOOTAGE ON MEE TOO??? PATHETIC. MEL'S PAYMENT TO AUTHORITIES FINALLY WORKED. ASS WIPE. #TRUTH!!

757 days ago
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realist    

Mee shoulda retired after he got that HUGE settlement. ;-)

757 days ago
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Superman    

Mel is like the mob. He has lackeys working for him in the Sheriff's department.

757 days ago
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