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Greece Police Chief placed on Administrative Leave after car crash

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The City of Greece has placed Police Chief Andrew Forsythe on Administrative leave following his Thursday morning crash in a city issued police vehicle.

On Thursday morning, Greece Police Chief Andrew Forsythe was driving north on 390 just north of Ridgeway when he stated that a deer ran out in front of him. Chief Forsythe advised that he swerved to avoid striking the deer and collided with the guardrail.

Chief Forsythe stated that his radio did not work, so he attempted to drive to the Greece Police Department. Chief Forsythe traveled up to 5 miles, exiting the highway, before calling 911. At the same time, the 911 communications center did receive 911 calls for a SUV driving on 3 tires.

Greece Police did make contact with Chief Forsythe and his mangled police issues SUV. The SUV sustained extensive damage to the passenger side and was missing its passenger side front wheel.

Greece Police advised that Chief Forsythe did sustain minor injuries but refused medical treatment.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich advised that after the crash, no field sobriety tests were done. Reilich also stated that Greece Police handled the crash investigation.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley advised that her office has begun an investigation into the crash and the handling of the crash by the Greece Police Department.

Chief Forsythe was named Greece Police Chief on January 21, 2021. Forsythe was hired by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office back in 1991. In 1996, Forsythe was shot during a traffic stop in Henrietta. After the shooting, Forsythe continued his career up the ladder with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. In 2017, Forsythe was promoted to Undersheriff. He would retire from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in 2018, before joining the Greece Police Department as Deputy Chief of Operations.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich stated that Deputy Chief Jason Helfer will be the interim chief until the investigation is concluded.

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