WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury police officer was fired for his “unacceptable” behavior while directing traffic last month.

Waterbury police said Officer James Hinkle was directing traffic on Dec. 13 at the intersection of Thomaston Avenue and Homer Street due to a mechanical failure of the lights. The traffic lights were in flashing mode as he directed traffic.

While directing traffic, a car went through the intersection. Hinkle provided hand motions to the car to stop, and when it didn’t, he hit the driver’s side door with his hand. He walked after the vehicle on the roadway and demanded the driver pull over.

When the driver pulled over, Hinkle became loud and argumentative.

The Waterbury Police Department released a nine-minute compilation of body and dash cam videos of the incident. Watch it in the video player below.

The department said Hinkle was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal affairs investigation. He was fired on Monday as a result of the investigation that determined “his conduct, actions and behaviors were in violation of departmental policies.”

According to the department, Hinkle also lied about the incident to his supervisors, claiming that the car hit him during the incident.

Hinkle was serving in his seventh year with the department, and before his termination, he was assigned to the patrol division.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said that the incident is a violation of the public’s trust, and that if Hinkle stopped someone, they would be afraid of him.

“I haven’t seen a case in my 30 years here that has undermined public trust more so than this,” Spagnolo said.

He said the supervisors who arrived on the scene immediately came to him. Spagnolo said he reached out to the driver shortly afterward, and they’ve been trying to work with her through the process. She was originally written tickets, but they have since been dropped.

“I don’t know how anyone from the public will be able to trust that officer if they were stopped by him at some point,” Spagnolo said.

The Waterbury Police Department Union released a statement saying, “The Waterbury Police union is aware that Officer Hinkle was terminated on 01/09/2023 and is currently reviewing the internal affairs report, and the videos regarding the incident with our legal counsel. The union will ensure that Officer Hinkle will be afforded all the due process rights in the collective bargaining agreement.”