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I-Team: Officer on Paid Leave Involved in Hit and Run
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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas police officer who says his badge saved him from a fatal gunshot is now accused of disrespecting that badge and all it stands for.

Police say Officer Brian Kolstad caused a hit-and-run crash while he was on paid administrative leave for firing his weapon. Officer Kolstad has been on leave since mid-February pending the outcome of an investigation into his officer involved shooting.

In early March, during his taxpayer-funded time off, Kolstad headed to a bar to meet some buddies, according to a police report, when he side-swiped another driver. Instead of waiting for police to arrive, the report notes after 30 minutes Kolstad left the scene.

Read the hit and run police report

He later opened his front door to the investigating officer with a beer in his hand.

Las Vegas police cited Kolstad for making an unsafe turn and failing his duty to stop for an accident. Though the report notes Kolstad admits he'd been drinking, he was not cited for driving under the influence.

North Las Vegas Police spokesman Sgt. Tim Bedwell says the department is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident.

"A misconduct allegation of this nature would always rise to the level of an internal affairs investigation, that will, if a person is found guilty at the end, have some punitive sanction," he said.

Kolstad made headlines last February when he claimed his badge stopped a bullet during a gun fight. Sources close to the investigation say Kolstad's story is suspicious. The department insists the investigation is on-going.

Kolstad remains on paid administrative leave. Sgt. Bedwell says he expects the department's investigation into the accident will conclude soon.

As far the bullet-glancing off the badge goes, Bedwell says investigators are waiting on forensic analysis, and that may take a while.

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