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Columbus Police Department launches internal investigation

A Columbus police captain is on administrative assignment pending the outcome of an internal investigation into circumstances surrounding an October traffic ticket he got for driving 103 mph in a 65 mph zone while off duty.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said Capt. J.D. Hawk was temporarily reassigned Dec. 20 to an administrative position within the department. The move came after Boren heard a tape of a phone message left by Hawk to the state patrolman who ticketed him on Oct. 23. Boren said both the ticket and the phone message are at least part of the reason he handed the investigation over to the Office of Professional Standards.

"It has to do with everything," Boren said. "It has to do with the ticket and the circumstances surrounding the ticket."

Hawk, a supervisor in the Patrol Services Division, was traveling on Ga. 85 in his personal vehicle, a 1992 BMW 525i, when a state trooper stopped him at 3:34 p.m., according to a copy of the ticket. He was scheduled to appear in Recorder's Court at 9 a.m. Dec. 5 to dispose of the charge, but that date was later changed to Jan. 3.