Off-duty Jacksonville corrections officer accused of leaving scene of crash

File photo (WJXT 2020)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A five-year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has resigned from her position following a traffic crash that occurred mid-August, an agency spokesperson said Wednesday.

According to Undersheriff Pat Ivey, Jatoia Howard, who was a corrections officer, was involved in a traffic crash where she left the scene and later made false statements about who was driving the vehicle.

Ivey said Howard was off-duty at the time of the crash, and he did not believe any injuries were reported. He said a warrant for Howard’s arrest was issued Tuesday.

“We would move to fire this person had they not resigned,” Ivey said. “And I think it’s important to let the community know that that we we do our best in trying to keep the members of the agency accountable.”

This is the eighth arrest of a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employee in 2020, Ivey said. Howard is the third corrections officer arrested. The remaining arrests were three police officers and two civilian employees.

Howard was charged with official misconduct, a third-degree felony; conspiracy to commit false insurance claim, a third-degree felony; and leaving the scene of an accident with attended property, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.