GREENACRES — In a cost-saving measure for taxpayers, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office might as well swap out the green uniforms for orange county lockup jumpsuits!
For the third time in a week, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested and locked up.
Road deputy James Lamar Williams, 47, was charged with domestic battery yesterday in Greenacres after his girlfriend said he threw her to the ground and pushed her up against his patrol car.
She said he pushed her so hard, it caused the side mirror to break.
Taxpayers are expected to foot that bill.
Williams, who works in the Greenacres district of the agency, said his girlfriend, who was covered in marks and bruises when investigators arrived, broke the mirror in a fight over whether Williams should move back in with her. He told his colleagues who responded to the incident he’s been having trouble with his girlfriend of seven years.
Williams started loading up his stuff into his patrol car — why Williams’ allowed to use a squad car to move his stuff is a mystery to us — when the fight began.
This follows a DUI arrest of a Wellington District deputy earlier this week (read all about here) which came on the heels of a deputy arrested for selling private information about area motorists to an identity theft ring. And that came on the heels of the resignation of Capt. Jay Hart, who’s still under investigation for allegedly using PBSO equipment for his private security business. (click here for that Gossip Extra exclusive)
Newly re-elected Sheriff Ric Bradshaw can’t be bothered with issuing a statement to the public about the current brown streak that his agency is on.
Spokeswoman Teri Barbera has put out a pre-packaged statement for the third time this week: “The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust. Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges. The Sheriff’s Office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect.”