JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville police arrest 9 year JSO veteran Diana Jones on charges of DUI with damage and leaving the scene of an accident after she hit four cars near the beaches Tuesday night.
"Unfortunately we're going to have people that get into trouble, just like people do in all walks of life," says Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt.
Senterfitt says she was suspended 20 days and ordered to undergo treatment in 2006 after she was arrested by FHP for DUI and pled guilty. In late 2011 another driver took video of her driving recklessly and she was fired after an internal investigation. After getting the initial complaint, police found Jones had been off the road for a while and was drinking at a neighbor's house. Although she was breathalyzed and blew twice the legal limit, she argued she'd been drinking at the neighbor's house and wasn't driving.
The case went to arbitration, where it was determined that Undersheriff Senterfitt did not have the necessary evidence to terminate Jones, so she was reinstated, suspended 60 days, and assigned to Tele-Serv duty, a desk job.
Tuesday night police say Jones hit a car in the Publix parking lot at 13180 Atlantic Boulevard before fleeing the scene onto Hodges Blvd. northbound where she rear ended another car and didn't stop. She then drove over the median, went back to the parking lot, and hit two more cars before officers found her sitting in her front seat eating a hamburger. The responding officers say Jones was dismissive, uncooperative, and sarcastic but not violent when they arrested her.
Senterfitt says if the charges stick this time, it'll be different.
"If the charges in this case are proven out
Jones was not on duty during the incidents Tuesday night. She has been employed at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office since 2004. Her only criminal record are the two DUIs -- one from 2006 and the one she was charged with last night -- but there were other citizen complaints filed against her for rudeness and unnecessary force.