CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two Clay County deputies have resigned and are now being investigated after one of the deputies crashed his car into his own home late Friday night while another deputy was inside.
It happened on Drew Court just after 11 p.m. Friday as deputy Glenn Ward was coming home. Officials said Deputy Jack Bledsoe was inside Ward's home when he drove his sheriff's cruiser into his home.
According to the Sheriffs Office, Ward, who has been with the agency since 1998, resigned Tuesday and Bledsoe, who has been with the agency since 2006, resigned Wednesday.
Ward was named deputy of the year in 2010 and had 11 letters of commendation in his personnel file. Bledsoe was in the process of being fired, according to personnel records.
Officials are being tight lipped about the incident but some details have emerged.
"I heard a loud banging sound, crashing and then I heard like angry like surprised," a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, said. "It was like ***** believable and they were surprised about what happened."
The Sheriff's Office has now requested that an investigation be conducted by the State Attorney's Office to determine what caused the crash.
A statement was released by the Sheriff's Office, saying:
"Another Clay County Sheriff's Office member, Deputy Jack Bledsoe, was at the home when the crash occurred along with civilians. Nobody was injured."
When reached to clarify the identities of the civilians inside, the Sheriff's Office said one of the people inside was Ward's wife.
The two deputies have now resigned and an internal affairs investigation of both deputies has begun.
Neighbors who have known Ward for years said they don't believe the act was intentional.
"He's a great guy and I think from what I understand, they think that he did it intentionally. Who knows what goes on in a person's mind but I would never imagine Glenn," a second neighbor, who also wished to remain anonymous, said.