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BRPD officer resigns over abandoned cruiser

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BATON ROUGE- A Baton Rouge Police officer resigned from the department this week amid an internal investigation that began two weeks ago.

Sources tell the WBRZ Investigative Unit the Baton Rouge Police officer, Alec Pirie, was facing discipline over an incident involving his police unit. The unit was found abandoned near his home in Livingston Parish, and the car contained evidence from a criminal case. Work crews called BRPD when they found the unit parked where it shouldn't be and a window broken.

High ranking officials from BRPD responded after getting a complaint about the abandoned unit. Our sources say they found three bags of marijuana and a gun inside. The dope and gun were evidence in a criminal case.

Baton Rouge Police said their investigation did not find any criminal intent. However, the department said if he's found responsible for the damages to the police unit he'll have to pay restitution.

There are legal concerns now, that the chain of custody with the evidence may have been broken, and that could impact the criminal case. However, Baton Rouge Police said that is not the case.

"There are departmental rules," District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "I'm sure departmental rules required this evidence be turned over as promptly as possible, possibly before an end of a shift. I'd assume rules would cover this and it would be quick."

Moore said the integrity of evidence must be preserved to make sure prosecutors have a strong case.

"You don't want to drive around with evidence in your car or unit," Moore said.

Pirie joined the Baton Rouge Police Department on January 24, 2011. He is 29 years old.

Baton Rouge Police said Pirie turned in all of his department issued equipment Monday.

News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto will have more on this developing story at 6 p.m.

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