Date: December 31, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Administrative Investigation and Findings Released  

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 Corrections.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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