MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) —  Three Manhattan Beach police officers have been fired for their involvement in a hit-and-run crash that they allegedly sought to cover up.

City Manager Dave Carmany tells the Torrance-based Daily Breeze that Richard Hatten, Kristopher Thompson and Eric Eccles were dismissed on Friday after about a year on paid leave.

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A fourth department staffer, Bryan Klatt, was demoted from lieutenant to officer.

Hatten, Thompson and Eccles had reportedly just left a bar in January 2010 when they were involved in a car crash for which no police report was written.

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The Breeze says Klatt was the watch commander on duty at the time and did not immediately inform department commanders.

Torrance police did not return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment and contact information for the officers.

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