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Rochester police push for city official's phone password in investigation

ROCHESTER — As part of an ongoing investigation into a hit-and-run accident, police are asking a judge to order Deputy City Manager Karen Pollard to allow access to her work phone password.

Pollard’s husband — Leslie W. Pollard, 51, of 17 Hemlock St., is charged with felony conduct after an accident and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated after a 28-year-old woman was struck by a passing vehicle while she was walking along Lowell Street Dec. 29 around 11:30 p.m.

The vehicle did not stop after hitting the woman, who suffered a shoulder injury. A few minutes after police responded to the scene, Leslie Pollard called the department from his home and “said he struck something” while driving, according to Police Capt. Paul Toussaint. Karen Pollard, who also serves as Rochester’s economic development manager, was a passenger in the 2011 Ford Taurus.

Toussaint said when Leslie Pollard was arrested at his home Dec. 30, police also seized Karen Pollard’s work phone, which is city property.

To determine where Leslie Pollard was prior to the accident, police obtained a warrant to check the phone records.

On Wednesday, police asked a Rochester District Court judge to order Karen Pollard to provide the password to the phone.

“We haven’t been able to access it since it’s password-protected,” Toussaint said, adding Pollard would not voluntarily provide the password.

Toussaint said he believes the case was continued for six days. He added Karen Pollard did not have legal representation during Wednesday’s hearing.

City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick would not comment on the case, saying “it’s all part of the police investigation.”

Fitzpatrick said Pollard received a new phone to continue her work.

Leslie Pollard is free on $5,000 personal recognizance. Conduct after an accident is a Class B felony, which could result in 3 1/2 to seven years in jail and a $4,000 fine. DWI is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in jail.

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