Months later, the proprietor hasn’t seen a dime
HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – Melvin Eaves was surprised to find the gate he purchased to guard his insurance coverage enterprise was broken.
Then he couldn’t imagine his eyes when he noticed his safety video. It clearly exhibits a Pasco County Sheriff’s Workplace deputy backing into the fence at the hours of darkness. He will get out of the marked SUV and inspects the fence with a flashlight. He briefly seemed in the back of the SUV after which drove away.
“He ought to have a minimum of left me a card and mentioned ‘hey child, give me a name within the morning, I did some harm, and name me and we’ll straighten it out,’” mentioned Eaves, who owns Gulfway Insurers.
Eaves mentioned he would have by no means identified who broken the gate that price him greater than $3,000 if it had not been for the video.
Months later, he nonetheless hasn’t been reimbursed for the practically $200 he spent on a “fast repair” to make the gate operational, and so he turned to Higher Name Behnken for assist.
“It’s not the cash, it’s the principal,” he mentioned. “That is incorrect.”
After Eaves turned his video over to the sheriff’s workplace, an inside affairs investigation was opened into the deputy not reporting the incident. That investigation was deemed “unsubstantiated.”
The Florida Freeway Patrol additionally began an investigation into the accident. Melvin thought he was getting someplace when he acquired a subpoena to look for a court docket listening to and a notification from the Pasco County Clerk that the deputy had pay restitution for the repairs Eaves made to the gate.
However then all the pieces modified. He didn’t obtain the cash, and was notified of prison expenses.
Investigative Reporter Shannon Behnken discovered that that prison cost was dropped and decreased to a civil infraction. The deputy resigned throughout an inside investigation.
Higher Name Behnken additionally discovered that the now-former deputy already paid restitution, however the county clerk did not challenge a examine. A spokesman for the clerk’s workplace mentioned they “dropped the ball” and would have a examine to Eaves by the tip of the week.