Undersheriff damages police car twice in same day in own driveway

3 crashes in less than 3 months triggers Early Warning System

Undersheriff Pat Ivey
Undersheriff Pat Ivey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three crashes in his police car in less than three months landed Undersheriff Pat Ivey on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Early Warning System, which is designed to identify officers who might have some discipline issues. 

As first reported by the Florida Times-Union, two of the crashes happened on the same day in January. Ivey self-reported all three crashes.

In the first one in November, Ivey hit a dog that ran in front of him on Starratt Road, which resulted in $300 damage to the car.

The two crashes on Jan. 5 were in Ivey's own driveway, and in each case, he was backing up. 

Ivey said while trying to snap his seat belt into place, he hit his personal utility trailer, causing $200 in damage to the police car.

Later that night, Ivey backed into his own pickup truck, causing $1,000 damage to the police car. 
“I held myself accountable, and I’m glad I did it,” Ivey told News4Jax. 

He said he wants the public to know there’s “no reality of a different level of accountability” involving senior members of JSO. 

For the two crashes in January, Ivey received informal and formal counseling.

Sheriff Mike Williams released a statement Tuesday:

As committed to in my administration, I am holding us, all of us, accountable when mistakes are made and improving training in all facets of our business, so employees receive necessary counseling and training that improves performance and service. This occurred with respect to Undersheriff Ivey's vehicular incidents.

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