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BPD officer charged with vandalism after allegedly damaging evidence

Slide Public Safety

A Bakersfield Police Department officer was charged Thursday with one count of vandalism of less than $400 after an internal investigation showed the officer damaged evidence, BPD officials said in a news release.

Officer Nicholas Bell responded to a Jan. 17 hit-and-run collision in the 2300 block of M Street. The driver had fled the scene and left the vehicle abandoned in the roadway, police said. Bell located a cell phone during a search of the suspect’s vehicle and allegedly threw the phone on the ground repeatedly, the news release said.