FHP Report Critical of Sheriff Harvey and WCSO-- UPDATE

By: Tara Herrschaft Email
By: Tara Herrschaft Email

UPDATED 4:54 P.M. 3-03

Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey has entered a plea and has been sentenced for leaving the scene of an accident....

State Attorney Willie Meggs says Sheriff Harvey has been put on probation for three months.

He must write a letter of apology to the victims in the crash.

And abstain from drinking alcohol for three months.

He owes 359-dollars in court costs and has agreed to pay restitution to the county and victim.

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Updated 6:15pm

These new accusations against the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office are laid out in a report by the Quincy District Commander for the Florida Highway Patrol. He says as troopers were discussing the hit and run and FHP's actions that night, a host of other concerns surfaced that were too numerous to ignore.

Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey has been ticketed by the State Attorney's office for a hit and run accident in which he left the scene after striking an SUV.

Now a ten page report has surfaced in which a Florida Highway Patrol Captain outlines more incidents.

One recalls a time when a trooper says he saw a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road with its flashers on around 2:30 am.
The trooper says Sheriff Harvey got out of the driver's seat obviously intoxicated and said the car (a county vehicle) had quit and would not start.

Another says since the Sheriff won a close race with former FHP trooper Charlie Creel in November, road deputies have been told not to have any contact with FHP trooper, and that "Sheriff's office employees that supported Creel in the last election have been fired, demoted, or moved since the election."

The last item on the report says "Troopers in Wakulla County are genuinely concerned that WCSO is not above planting evidence on them or their families."

When asked about the report, the Florida Highway Patrol released this statement saying, “The briefing report, brought forth by agency personnel, contains concerns that are unsubstantiated at this time. We are reviewing the report to determine appropriate action. The Colonel and Sheriff are in contact and we are confident that we will be able to resolve outstanding matters and continue our strong working relationship. “

FHP would not speak on camera about this report.
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FHP Satement:

“The briefing report, brought forth by agency personnel, contains concerns that are unsubstantiated at this time. We are reviewing the report to determine appropriate action. The Colonel and Sheriff are in contact and we are confident that we will be able to resolve outstanding matters and continue our strong working relationship. “
- Captain Mark D. Welch
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Even more allegations are surfacing as The Wakulla County Sheriff tries to deal with the fallout from a hit-and-run investigation.

A Quincy District Commander of the Florida Highway Patrol says he's heard disturbing reports about Sheriff Harvey and his Office for some time and those include an instance when the sheriff appeared to have been drinking and driving.

Sheriff Harvey was cited recently by the State Attorney's office for leaving the scene of an accident where his Sheriff's SUV hit another vehicle.

The sheriff suspended himself for a week as punishment.

But now, The Quincy District Commander says his research has turned up other disturbing reports.

He says a trooper once reported he stopped to check out a vehicle stopped on the roadside at 2:30 in the morning.

The trooper says Sheriff Harvey got out of the driver's seat obviously intoxicated and said the car (a county vehicle) had quit and would not start.

The commander says in another instance, a trooper was in the Wakulla County Jail while certification was taking place.

The trooper said people he knew that were not certified corrections officers were walking around the jail with corrections officers uniforms on.

He says when the accreditation team left, the people took off their uniforms and went back to their regular jobs with WCSO.

FDLE has received this report and forwarded it to the governor's office.

We tried twice this morning to get a response from the Sheriff's Office but, WCTV has not yet been able to get a comment.


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