RNRF Reporter Nearly Run Over by FHP Trooper, No Apology from Officials
UPDATE: 5/22/2017, 12:29 P.M. – After meeting with Florida Highway Patrol officials it has been determined that Sgt. Malloy did not engage his dash cam video prior to the incident.
Despite our efforts to request a simple apology from Sgt. Mallow, officials refused and stated, “We do not issue apologies.”
Unfortunately, our only option was to file a formal complaint with the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to Director of Investigations, Randy Snow, “After reviewing your concerns, we have determined that this matter would need to be look into by the Florida Highway Patrol Office of Professional Compliance. Therefore, your complaint was forwarded to the Office of Professional Compliance for review and appropriate handling.”
RIDGE MANOR – Earlier this afternoon RNRF broke the news of a high-speed pursuit in the area of Cortez Blvd and McKethan , where a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper performed a PIT maneuver to stop the fleeing vehicle. CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL REPORT
RNRF remained in the area as dozens of Sheriff’s Deputies and Troopers searched a wooded area on the southwest corner of Cortez Blvd and Treiman Blvd, where they eventually captured the suspect, 36-year-old David Frey. But the story doesn’t end there.
While waiting for updates on the suspect’s capture, I parked the RNRF Dodge Challenger on the south side of Cortez Blvd, just west of the original crash scene. Fire Rescue was on scene, due to a female occupant who decided that she wanted to be transported for evaluation. I was standing at the front of my vehicle video recording paramedics as they brought the victim towards the awaiting ambulance, when I heard the sound of screeching tires approaching my position. Before I had time to put the camera down, I was forced to take a step backwards to avoid being struck by what I thought was an out of control vehicle. Turns out, it was a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, intentionally trying to intimidate me for unknown reasons. As the Trooper, later identified as Sgt. Malloy, exited his patrol car, the first thing he said was “Hey brother can you back up?” There was no apology from Sgt. Malloy or explanation as to why he drove recklessly in close proximity to me and my vehicle.
If you look at the diagram below you can see that there was absolutely no reason for the Trooper to maneuver his vehicle in a reckless manor, just inches from my person and the front of my car.
The video clearly shows the roof of the patrol car fly by as I’m taking video of the scene. You may even notice the expressions on two paramedics who also witnessed the incident and appeared to be in shock.
I contacted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office who advised that I would have to file a complaint with the Florida Highway Patrol, which I did this afternoon. The following is a response from Capt. Anthony Sapp who stated “There was no abuse of power sir, nor a criminal assault. Again, I will be more than glad to watch your video and see how it relates to what I observed…”
Capt. Sapp says he witnessed the incident and minimized what actually occurred.
RNRF has requested that Sgt. Malloy face discipline for his actions but it doesn’t appear that Capt. Sapp will take any action at all.
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