Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Deputy John Harvey Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving

A Volusia County Deputy has pleaded no contest to reckless driving in an August crash.

Arrest reports say 51-year-old John Harvey struck a South Daytona patrol car and told an officer he had "a lot" to drink. He was charged with driving under the influence, refusing to take an alcohol breath test, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Court records show he pleaded no contest in November to a reduced charge of reckless driving. Other charges were dismissed.

Harvey's attorney told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the arrest report shows confusion between his client and the arresting officers about Harvey's status as a law enforcement officer and Harvey's attempt to disclose he had a firearm.

The sheriff's office is conducting an internal investigation.

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