A former Pleasant Grove police officer is charged with multiple crimes amid accusations he forged traffic tickets.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Wednesday announced the arrest of 47-year-old Lawrence Harrell.
He was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on Oct. 20, and surrendered to the Jefferson County Jail on Nov. 28. He was released two hours later after posting $60,000 bond.
Pleasant Grove police officials said they noticed something amiss during a routine monthly analysis of officers' activities. "I noticed some inaccuracies that were cause for concern and I launched an internal investigation,'' said Lt. Danny Reid. "That investigation quickly found impropriety that necessitated an outside agency to be called."
They consulted with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office in the Bessemer Cutoff and agreed the matter should be turned over and further investigation handled by the Attorney General's Office.
Marshall said his Criminal Trials Division presented the evidence to the grand jury, which returned indictments on 11 counts of second-degree forgery of traffic citations and one count of perjury. He said no further information about Harrell's alleged crimes is being released at this time.