Deputy Lied About Not Drinking Before Wrecking Patrol Vehicle, Report States

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy lied when telling superiors he had not been drinking before crashing a patrol vehicle in September, according to an internal investigation report.

Cpl. Daniel Walker, 27, initially told supervisors he had fallen asleep at the wheel when his 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle ran off the road on Sept. 18 at Black Oak and Frank James roads, crashing through a fence and ending up in a field, according to an Office of Professional Conduct report by Sgt. Steve Whitmill.

However, after taking a urinalysis test, the 5 1/2-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office later retracted the story about not drinking, the report states. The substance screen test revealed Walker had a blood alcohol content level of 0.005 percent, according to the report.

“Walker was dishonest from the start of this investigation,” the report states.

Walker resigned and is no longer employed with the Washington County Sheriff’s office, said Kelly Cantrell, spokeswoman.

Sheriff Tim Helder said Walker wasn’t arrested and it would be hard to prosecute him.

“To me we came in so late in the game we really couldn’t prove a level of intoxication during the wreck, really most of that information in the investigation came after the fact,” Helder said.

Helder said the deputies involved were good employees and he’s dissapointed in their decisions.

“I expect my deputies to take corrective action that is to determine whether you had too much to drink and do whatever to arrest you,” Helder said. “Well I would expect them to do the same thing with a deputy who made an egregious mistake like that.”

Two deputies involved in the investigation, Cpls. Jacob Waggoner and Scott Hammersla, resigned on Oct. 24 rather than being fired, according to letters from Maj. Rick Hoyt to the Office of Law Enforcement Standards in Little Rock.

8 comments

  • JR Gibbs

    They resign and move on? Outrageous! They obstructed justice, DWI, tampered with evidence and so many more things. If this had been you or I they would hang us out to dry. These 3 stooge’s resign and will go to work someplace else. I was reading about that teacher that was charged for no drivers license getting like 20 days in jail. I would if one of these lying, good for nothing losers charged her?If you are ever arrested by the sheriff just tell him you will quit your job and see if he will let you walk. This is corruption in my thinking. Fire that sheriff.

    • Bob Gnarly

      The people who enforce the laws, as well as those who make the laws (like Senator Bruce “Hot-Rod” Holland) are above the law.

      Just ask the families of Joseph Erin Hamley (killed by Larry P, Norman), James Ahern (killed by Coleman “Duke” Brackney), and Vickie Freemyer (killed by Andrew Rhew).

  • hogfan

    I know it is beyond scary to be stopped at night by a cop who is already angry about something else. I think he thought he had him someone for sure and was very disappointed when it turned out not to be. I was simply returning from a RB game and was stopped for failure to dim my lights in a “timely” manner. By myself on a stretch of rural highway and just him and me….beyond scary.

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