Published: Jan 14, 2011 6:27 PM EST
Updated: Jan 14, 2011 3:28 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A police helicopter pilot has been suspended for five days without pay after an internal police investigation found he used the chopper to deliver a fishing net to a friend has been suspended .

 Tampa police announced the suspension Thursday after an internal investigation found that 32-year-old Dave Dennison misused city property.

Authorities said Dennison flew to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport during his shift on April 28. Dennison owns a charter fishing business.

The investigation found that the control tower was not expecting the flight, which lasted a few minutes. A 10-minute helicopter flight would cost taxpayers about $60, including fuel, staff salary and maintenance. Dennison earns about $35 an hour.

 --- Information from: The Tampa Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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