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The two West Palm Beach Police officers arrested on charges of vandalizing two cars in a drunken rampage four months ago in Jupiter are back on patrol today, and they will not be prosecuted.
The officers, Christopher Clark, 26, and Timothy Pike, 30, aren’t out of trouble just yet. They’re still being investigated by WPBPD’s Internal Affairs on whether they broke department policies when they were arrested by Jupiter Police Sept.2.
The felony vandalism arrests came when staff from an Abacoa bar going home about 2 a.m. witnessed the off-duty lawmen ripping side-view mirrors and scratching doors of two cars in a parking garage — for no apparent reason.
According to court records, State Attorney Mike McAuliffe’s people negotiated a deal with the cops’ attorney that called for the policemen not to be prosecuted if they fulfilled two conditions: that they pay for the damages, a total $2,700 according to the incident report, and enter alcohol treatment.
The program, called “deferred prosecution,” is offered mostly to first-time offenders involved in property crimes, according to a State Attorney spokeswoman.