The Administrative Investigation regarding the involvement of former Polk County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Scott Lawson in the fatal traffic crash that occurred in the early morning hours of May 31, 2002, on Hatchineha Road in unincorporated Polk County is now available.
Eighteen-year-old Adam Lucas Jacoby of Dundee was driving a 2001 4-door Volkswagen Passat when it left the roadway and crashed into two trees. The only other occupant of the vehicle, 16-year-old Miles Gregory White of Lake Hamilton, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Former Sergeant Scott Lawson was following the Passat in an nmarked Crown Victoria at the time of the crash. The traffic crash investigation has already been released.
A review of the traffic crash Administrative Investigation determined that Lawson violated Sheriff's Office policy regarding traffic law enforcement (General Order 62.1). Quoting from the finding: “The investigation reveals that Lawson, apparently while not in emergency mode, drove his unmarked agency vehicle above the speed limit and may have violated other traffic control devices. Further, Lawson observed the alleged suspicious vehicle's operator disregard traffic control devices and speed regulatory signs and did not attempt to effect a stop of the vehicle which could have enabled him to take appropriate enforcement action.”
Lawson resigned from the Sheriff's Office prior to the completion of the Administrative Investigation and therefore no disciplinary measures regarding these policy violations were taken.
Scott Lawson, 34-years-old at the time of the
crash, resigned from the Sheriff's Office on June 5, 2002. He was
then under investigation, unrelated to the crash, for Sexual Battery and
Unlicensed Practice of Healthcare Profession. He is now serving a
15-year sentence relating to those charges with the Florida Department of
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A text only version of this release is also available.