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The police chief of one Florida's biggest cities has been put on administrative leave after she asked a deputy to look the other way when she was driving a golf cart on the road illegally.

Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor was spotted on body cam footage attempting to use her position to get out of a traffic stop with Deputy Larry Jacoby. 

O'Connor, who in 1995 was kicked off the force after an incident where she was charged with assault, obstruction and disorderly intoxication, was driving the golf cart on a public road in Pinellas County without a license on November 12 at around 7:30 p.m.

She and her husband Keith O'Connor were stopped by Jacoby when she asks him: 'Is your camera on?'

When Jacoby affirms, O'Connor says: 'I'm the police chief from Tampa... I'm hoping that you'll just let us go tonight.' 

Police Chief Mary O'Connor was spotted on body cam footage attempting to use her position to get out of a traffic stop

Police Chief Mary O'Connor was spotted on body cam footage attempting to use her position to get out of a traffic stop

O'Connor, who in 1995 was kicked off the force after an incident where she was charged with assault, obstruction and disorderly intoxication, was driving the golf cart on a public road in Pinellas County without a license on November 12 at around 7:30 p.m.

O'Connor, who in 1995 was kicked off the force after an incident where she was charged with assault, obstruction and disorderly intoxication, was driving the golf cart on a public road in Pinellas County without a license on November 12 at around 7:30 p.m.

Deputy Larry Jacoby (pictured right) stopped O'Connor and her husband Keith

Deputy Larry Jacoby (pictured right) stopped O'Connor and her husband Keith

She and her husband Keith O'Connor were stopped by Jacoby when she asks him: 'Is your camera on?' When Jacoby affirms, O'Connor says: 'I'm the police chief from Tampa... I'm hoping that you'll just let us go tonight'

She and her husband Keith O'Connor were stopped by Jacoby when she asks him: 'Is your camera on?' When Jacoby affirms, O'Connor says: 'I'm the police chief from Tampa... I'm hoping that you'll just let us go tonight'

Jacoby said that he thought he recognized O'Connor and let her and her husband go after a handshake. 

O'Connor leaves him with her card and a message as they drive away: 'If you ever need anything call me - serious.' 

Local reporters had attempted to get the footage, which police claimed not to have, for weeks before it was finally released on Thursday.

The footage finally came out with a message from O'Connor, writing: 'I want you to hear it from me first prior to news stories circulating.'

She added:

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