SARASOTA, Fla. - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has issued multiple traffic citations to an Ellenton man who not only failed to slow down or move over for law enforcement on the interstate today but clipped the door of a patrol vehicle as a deputy was exiting the SUV and then kept driving.
Dep. Chris Butler was making a traffic stop on northbound I-75 just south of Clark Road for a “move over” violation when a 2000 Cadillac hit his driver's side door as it opened. The driver of the Cadillac, 77-year-old Robert Best, also failed to stop after the crash and was pulled over a short time later by another traffic deputy. Best said he was not aware that he hit anything or that there was obvious damage to his vehicle. Best was cited for a Move Over Violation, Failure to Maintain Lane and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage. In addition to damaging Dep. Butler’s vehicle, debris struck the vehicle that Dep. Butler had originally pulled over causing minor damage.
Dep. Butler has been in the Traffic Unit for more than 15 years, previously served as the Field Training Officer, and attended numerous schools for traffic enforcement related topics. He complained of a sore ankle and burning on his skin from the airbag deploying when the door was struck. There were no other injuries.