Alachua County deputy may be charged with battery

Investigation into use-of-force incident last month


ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – An Alachua County deputy may be charged with battery after using physical force on a suspicious person sitting in a ditch last month, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to NE State Road 26 on September 29 after receiving a report of a suspicious person in the ditch by the road in of a home.

As a result of the encounter, Deputy Dominic Bevilacqua used force on the person, ACSO said.

Based on an initial review of in-car video and photographs, Sheriff Sadie Darnell ordered an investigation into the incident.

Bevilacqua was placed on administrative suspension the next day, pending the outcome of criminal and internal investigations.

The criminal investigation concluded and detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division delivered a sworn complaint to the State Attorney's Office Tuesday morning, recommending Bevilacqua be charged with one count of battery.

The Office of Professional Standards is still conducting an internal administrative investigation.

Bevilacqua remains on administrative suspension.

He was hired in January 2012 and is assigned to the Patrol Operations Division.