The off-duty St. Joseph County police officer on suspension for suspected violations of the law after he crashed into a mailbox in the 53000 block of Hickory Road was on probation with the department for a prior issue.
It was back in May of 2022 that photographs of Coty Hoffman in a state of undress and unconsciousness were provided to the department along with allegations of alcohol use while in uniform and on-duty. After the Internal Investigation and interviewing multiple witnesses, there was not sufficient proof to sustain the allegations. However, it was determined that Hoffman had violated department policy regarding excessive intoxication and impairment while off-duty and was in violation of policy for conduct unbecoming an officer. As a result of the violations, Hoffman was suspended without pay for 3 days, ordered to alcohol counseling, and placed on probation for six months.
The investigation into the crash, Sunday morning, Nov. 27, is still underway.
The department says no disciplinary action can be taken by the Sheriff until the investigation is complete and all the facts necessary to file formal charges with the Merit Board are complied.