NASHVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A Tennessee trooper is out of a job today after a police investigation revealed he took money from a driver on a traffic stop, according to a Tennessee Department of Safety news release.
Trooper Michael C. McGlothlan, 31, of Sweetwater, was fired today. He was assigned to Monroe County in the Knoxville District, and he'd been on the job less than a year.
According to Department of Safety spokesperson Mike Browning, the driver filed the complaint after the traffic stop Monday on Interstate 75 near Sweetwater in Monroe County.
The case has been turned over to the District Attorney General's office for possible prosecution.
Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “This type of conduct is unacceptable for any law enforcement officer and will not be tolerated by the Department of Safety.” Mitchell added “There is zero tolerance for this type of conduct and the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Department of Safety has dealt with the misconduct in a swift and appropriate manner.”
Trooper McGlothlan has served as a trooper less than a year and is not entitled to due process, according to Browning.
“This clear misconduct by a new Trooper is very unfortunate and clearly not the common practice of the many good men and women in the THP who protect our highways with professionalism, integrity and pride,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell.