Deputy caught speeding punished, but won't get ticket

Deputy's controversial punishment

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WTSP) -- A Polk County Sheriff's deputy who was caught on video speeding is facing consequences, but he’s not getting a ticket.

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The video, first posted on the website LiveLeak in August, shows the deputy driving on State Road 60 in Bartow, where the speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

The man filming the video even gets the deputy to pull over and gets out of his car to talk to him.

During its investigation, the Polk County Sheriff's office found the deputy, Robert Arndt, wasn't heading to an emergency and might have been going 80 miles per hour.

The Sheriff's Office wouldn't talk on camera, but they did admit, the deputy violated a couple of policies. Of course, they said he shouldn't have been speeding. They also said it’s concerning he let the driver come right up to the side of his car.

Some people who watched the video said the deputy should be held accountable, just like the rest of us.

“He should’ve gotten the same punishment as anybody else would’ve gotten for driving that fast,” Dorise Queen said.

When asked why the deputy isn’t getting a ticket, a department spokesperson said, “Citations are typically issued on traffic infractions when the infraction is witnessed by a Law Enforcement Officer.”

Instead, the deputy was issued a letter of reprimand, cannot drive his patrol car to or from home for 45 days and will have to go through retraining on vehicle safety.

The deputy wasn't available to talk to 10News WTSP, but the Sheriff's Office said he's been professional throughout the investigation and owns up to the mistake.


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