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Second Colo. Cop Resigns in Road-Trip Scandal

AURORA, Colo. --

A second Aurora police officer has resigned after two officers driving to an out-of-state police funeral were pulled over in Wyoming for speeding in a patrol car with emergency lights flashing and littering.

Officer Bradley Bickett resigned Monday after he was ticketed Aug. 10 on suspicion of driving while impaired, speeding and careless driving in an Aurora police car near Torrington, Wyo.

On Wednesday, Officer Gerald Kirby, who was issued a summons for littering in the incident, also resigned.

"I am satisfied with Officer Kirby's decision," Aurora Police Chief Daniel J. Oates said in a statement. "He, too, has accepted responsibility for his actions, apologized to his fellow officers, and made the honorable choice to retire. I am glad that the Department can now put this unfortunate event behind us."

Kirby's retirement letter included the following statement: "I apologize for any embarrassment I have caused to the citizens of Aurora, to the Aurora Police Department, and all of law enforcement for this incident."

Bickett, a 31-year police veteran, also expressed regret in his resignation letter. "I offer my most sincere apologies to the Aurora Police Department, the citizens of Aurora, and all of law enforcement for this incident," he wrote.

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