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Deputy Crashes Patrol Car into Home; Removed from Road Duty

Deputy Crashes Patrol Car into Home; Removed from Road Duty

Damage is shown to a home at 10810 SW 49th Ave. in the Sun Valley subdivision after a Marion County Sheriff's patrol car crashed into it on Nov. 6, 2010. The deputy involved in the crash was removed from road duty on Friday. [Submitted Photo]

Tampa Bay Tribune via YellowBrix

February 02, 2011

OCALA, FL – A sheriff’s deputy whose patrol car crashed into the garage of a home late last year has been suspended without pay and removed from road duty.

Shelby Roberts, 28, who has been on light duty since the Nov. 11, 2010, crash in Sun Valley, was suspended for five days without pay and has been reassigned to the Communications Center for “an unspecified amount of time,” according to a letter of disciplinary action.

The letter, dated Friday, states that she must attend a remedial driving course and a critique of her driving video will be conducted by a driving instructor. She also must read the agency’s operations directive and state traffic laws and sign those documents.

On the night of Nov. 11, officials say, Roberts was on her way to provide backup for a deputy who had requested assistance for a disturbance that was turning physical. While en route, the first deputy called saying the situation had calmed down and to just have one unit continue as a routine backup.

A video shows Roberts turning off the lights of her patrol vehicle and reducing speed.

Not long after the call, the video shows Roberts pass two vehicles and, as Maj. Jerry Craig noted in the disciplinary letter, she “continued to increase your speed without operating your emergency equipment.”

The video then shows Roberts’ car come over a hill and clip a vehicle turning into a driveway and crash into the garage.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Troopers estimated Roberts was traveling more than 90 mph. She received two citations, one for not wearing a seat belt and the other for “special hazards.”

The Sheriff’s Office paid for repairs to the homeowner’s garage.

Roberts could not be reached for comment.

She was hired by the department as an evidence technician four years ago and went to the patrol unit in July 2009. Her personnel file indicates she has received seven “Eagle Eye” commendations for good work.

This is the second time in as many months that sheriff’s officials removed a deputy from the road. Deputy Douglas Strow also was placed in the Communications Center following an internal affairs investigation for having inappropriate contact with women.


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    FCPD0341

    over 3 years ago

    792 Comments

    That is a Rookie mistake plain and simple. For some reason new officers insist on hauling a$$ to calls even after being told the situation is 10-4. This isn't the first time an officer wrecked enroute to a call. Sure as hell won't be the last, but for gods sakes WEAR YOUR SEAT BELT

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    CPD82

    over 3 years ago

    466 Comments

    maybe she shouldnt be allowed to drive anymore period

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    HEYSARGE

    over 3 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Let's see she's been on light duty for some injury associated with the crash..cough..cough.. Now she has a suspension with time off and no pay and assigned to communications......and it sounds like the communication division is a melting pot for bad boys and girls..let's see another cop is parked there for " Inappropriate contact with women " I guess this was on duty........Theres a time to fire people!! I'm just saying.......

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    bumperdog831

    over 3 years ago

    264 Comments

    @uncledennis.....im willing to bet good money that one was performed. i dont this she drunk or on drugs....just driving very poorly

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    Allen705

    over 3 years ago

    1466 Comments

    What's worst than crashing your patrol car into a home after doing something stupid, is having is plastered on police link so your peers can see it. lol

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23288 Comments

    I saw no mention of a drug or alcohol test after the crash. I thought that was standard procedure with most agencies. She is lucky she is not in the soup line.

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11354 Comments

    Be glad she is only riding the communications chair for awhile and not standing in the unemploymnet line. I've seen officers fired for much less. Glad she was not seriously hurt and hope she fully recovers quickly, and glad no one else was hurt and especially killed...

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    lorene1701

    over 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    I agree with you, starry71, sending someone to communications as a punishment sends the wrong signal about that unit. I started out as a communications officer over 23 years ago, and spent 2 years in that unit before attending the academy. The job is tough and thankless, and never gets enough respect. If this officer needed to be taken from the road because of a driving problem, how about making her work in fleet, dealing with all the other cars that are damaged because of someone elses carelessness.

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    SLAWDAWG1

    over 3 years ago

    294 Comments

    AT THAT RATE OF SPEED, I WOULD THOUGHT YOU HAVE LIGHTS OR SIRENS. CARELESS ERRORS CAUSES PROBLEMS, EVEN IF YOUR ARE A GOOD OFFICER!

  • Imag0190_max50

    OS441

    over 3 years ago

    1038 Comments

    We had an Officer like that once. Unfortunately, we couldn't just give him a bumper car for Patrol. We also couldn't send him to Dispatch, because the County Sheriff runs that, and they didn't want him around for more than fifteen minutes before they would find a way to kick him out.

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    starry71

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I think it SUCKS that they use a transfer to Communications as a "demotion". Communicators are an integral part of a department and that assignment shouldnt be used as a punishment. :( Put them on desk duty or send them home for good.

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    msjayelbee

    over 3 years ago

    612 Comments

    This is a strange situation--more info needed.

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    lkdavis71

    over 3 years ago

    1066 Comments

    Misleading title but she got the punishment she deserved.

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    Bump 36

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Go Danica! Go!

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