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Deputy Admits He Drank, Crashed Patrol Car

WASHINGTON COUNTY-- A Sheriff's deputy said he lied to supervisors about crashing his patrol car in September. He now admits he had been drinking before the wreck.
WASHINGTON COUNTY-- A Sheriff's deputy said he lied to supervisors about crashing his patrol car in September.   He now admits he had been drinking before the wreck.

According to an internal investigation report, Cpl. Daniel Walker reported he had fallen asleep while driving his Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle when it ran off the road and crashed through a fence near Black Oak and Frank James roads on September 18th.

The Sheriff's office said they launched an internal investigation into 27-year-old Walker who, according to the report, changed his story about not drinking after a urine test showed he had a blood alcohol content level of 0.005 percent.

The wreck happened around 5:00 a.m. and Walker was given the test 10 hours after the crash was reported, according to documents.

Walker's supervisor Major Rick Hoyt told investigators he did not realize "he was required to send Walker to the to the occupational health clinic for a urinalysis."

Over the course of the investigation Walker and two others, Jacob Waggoner and Scott Hammersla, wer found to have violated department policy after the accident.  Investigators said Waggoner and Hamersla "failed to show due diligence...when (they) first suspected alcohol was involved." 

Walker resigned on Sept. 23rd, Waggoner on October 21 and finally Hammersla on October 23rd.
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