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Two accused of taking O.C. sheriff's helicopter on joyride

January 10, 2012 | 10:48 am

The Orange County Sheriff's Department was investigating allegations Tuesday that a sergeant and a sheriff's deputy took a department helicopter for a joyride in the fall.

A probe into helicopter misuse has homed in on a Nov. 10 trip taken by Sgt. Han O and a female deputy, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday.

The newspaper reported, through interviews and documents it obtained, that the pair had taken a one-hour ridealong on the morning of Nov. 10.

The department, the newspaper reported, is investigating whether the ridealong received proper approvals before the flight.

The investigation began after an anonymous complaint was sent to some of the members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and the allegations have upset some because of the helicopter's $1,000-an-hour operating costs.

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-- Rick Rojas

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