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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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136.

Karls    

You just lost your net :)

Unfortunately you are not very gifted in the guessing department or sense of humor.
Why would you look down on anyone who didn't finish high school? You make it sound like it's something so terrible. Judging people based on their education is very poor, I don't need to lecture you on being judgmental.
You have no idea who I am,what I do and what I have achieved in life.

I don't need to justify my life or education to you. Think what you like! Call me names whatever.
If that's all you have on me calling me a loser & Illiterate that's nothing..

757 days ago
137.

Karls    

You make me laugh... What's with the snort? Didn't you learn any manners while getting that good education?

757 days ago
138.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

Isn't Scooty the one that thought if we had large trees in our yard then we MUST be rich. Yepper, she's led a very good life. One can also identify how high her intelligence and education are by the fact she has such well refined ideas and prejudices, like thinking ALL Canadians are lower class ppl and ALL Australians are decedents of convicts and therefore liars and criminals themselves.

ROFL!! Oh my the 'logic', the 'high' intelligence, the 'refined' thoughts and beliefs.

Little yapper indeed. :)

757 days ago
139.

2idiots    

JESSICA RABBIT

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So sad the thing needs to pick on looks to be vicious this morning cuz that's all it can think of in retort. Aw....let's all whine for the poor little hater...:P
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CMFAO! Did Stupid Sam ACTUALLY SAY it was SAD for someone to make a comment on another person's LOOKS? REALLY? AAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA - Sam how quickly you've forgotten the HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of nasty negative comments the YOU and FLOCK threw at OG. (remember her hair, her lips, her skin....it goes ON AND ON).
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AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! You keep getting ur azz handed to you and yet you refuse to quit. As if after all this time you're actions will make a difference!
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OH and regarding the lists that you spent HOURS making. I'm still waiting for an updated TEAM MEL list...wasn't 200 + at one point. What is it now, 7?
AAAAAHAHAHAHAHA.
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757 days ago
140.

AndyShep    

If he released 4 pages of a police report to the press he should have been fired right there. The fact that the Department viewed that as another black mark against him is how they should look at it. Gibson being an ass does not change the legality of leaking police files to the press.

723 days ago
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