Pedro Bermudez-Acevedo, a driver for Mayor Eddie A. Perez, resigned following his arrest Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license, city officials said Thursday.
Bermudez-Acevedo, 52, flagged down a patrol officer after he was involved in a hit-and-run car accident on Russ Street Wednesday. When the officer asked for his license, Bermudez-Acevedo first presented a Puerto Rican license, Hartford police said. He later turned over a Connecticut license, which had been suspended in July 2002.
Bermudez-Acevedo was released on a promise to appear and is due in Superior Court on June 10.
The driver accused of hitting him, 25-year-old Juan Garcia of Hartford, was charged with evading responsibility and failure to drive in a proper lane. Police records show that Garcia was picked up by police at 95 Washington St., which is a courthouse, that day, though it is not clear why he was there. He also was released on a promise to appear in court.
City officials said Bermudez-Acevedo was hired by Perez's former chief of staff, Matthew J. Hennessy, in August. Calls to Hennessy were not returned Thursday.
Sarah Barr, a spokeswoman for Perez, said a background check was performed on Bermudez-Acevedo, but that "nothing that was red-flaggable" came up.
"There were no violations. Nothing came up in the normal process of the check," she said.
The city did not make a photocopy of his license when he was hired, Barr said. As part of the hiring process, she said, licenses are examined but there is no requirement that they be photocopied.
"Mr. Bermudez represented he had a license and he believed it was valid," Barr wrote in an e-mail message.
Susan McMullen, Perez's chief of staff, is reviewing the matter, Barr said.