Deputy Seith Redmon admitted to drinking with Deputy Daniel Walker on the night Walker crashed his patrol car!


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November 24, 2013

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. —Internal investigation documents from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office indicate officers tried to cover up the fact that alcohol was involved in a deputy crashing his patrol car. On Thursday, officials released the name of the fourth deputy involved in the investigation.

Deputy Seith Redmon admitted to drinking with Deputy Daniel Walker on the night Walker crashed his patrol car, according to documents.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. —Internal investigation documents from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office indicate officers tried to cover up the fact that alcohol was involved in a deputy crashing his patrol car. On Thursday, officials released the name of the fourth deputy involved in the investigation.

Deputy Seith Redmon admitted to drinking with Deputy Daniel Walker on the night Walker crashed his patrol car, according to documents.

“Once he was confronted with this, he basically came clean,” said Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.

Helder said Redmon should not have let his friend leave his home if he knew he had been drinking, and should have been more upfront about what he knew sooner.

“I think that the natural response of just about any deputy or officer out there in law enforcement is to protect their own,” Helder said. “But it’s our job administratively. These are the policies. These are the expectations.”

In a written letter of reprimand, Helder wrote, “During another interview session you admitted to previously buying and transporting alcohol in your County assigned vehicle and driving it after having consumed alcohol.”

Redmon was suspended for two days for two department violations. One of those violations was for admitting he drove his patrol car after drinking alcohol.

“To violate our policy, he would have had to done so within 24 hours of operating a vehicle,” Helder said.

Helder said Redmon only admitted to drinking within 24 hours of driving a patrol vehicle. He said he does not believe the recent misconduct is one that is occurring often within the Sheriff’s Office, but rather is a small percentage within a group of hard working deputies.

Helder said Walker and the two deputies who tried to help him cover up his wreck have resigned.

“Once he was confronted with this, he basically came clean,” said Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder.

Helder said Redmon should not have let his friend leave his home if he knew he had been drinking, and should have been more upfront about what he knew sooner.

“I think that the natural response of just about any deputy or officer out there in law enforcement is to protect their own,” Helder said. “But it’s our job administratively. These are the policies. These are the expectations.”

In a written letter of reprimand, Helder wrote, “During another interview session you admitted to previously buying and transporting alcohol in your County assigned vehicle and driving it after having consumed alcohol.”

Redmon was suspended for two days for two department violations. One of those violations was for admitting he drove his patrol car after drinking alcohol.

“To violate our policy, he would have had to done so within 24 hours of operating a vehicle,” Helder said.

Helder said Redmon only admitted to drinking within 24 hours of driving a patrol vehicle. He said he does not believe the recent misconduct is one that is occurring often within the Sheriff’s Office, but rather is a small percentage within a group of hard working deputies.

Helder said Walker and the two deputies who tried to help him cover up his wreck have resigned.

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