April 28, 2009
Lakeland, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Charles Buckner, a 44-year-old Polk County Sheriff's Deputy resigned Monday after his wife and two others took his Sheriff's Office patrol car for a joy ride around Lakeland.
Buckner, a 21-year veteran of the Polk County Sheriff's Office resigned after his wife, Gail, his wife's mother and a 19-year-old man were caught inside the patrol car as it cavorted around town.
Investigators first learned of the incident at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. A witness called 911, reporting that he had seen a patrol car being driven erratically with lights on and the siren blaring - The witness also reported two blond women in the front seat and a man in the back seat.
Deputies caught up with the wayward patrol car and followed it back to the deputy's home. Charles Buckner was reportedly sleeping when the trio commandeered the patrol car.
Gail Buckner, 38, Sharon Cooper, 54, and Alexander Quintasket, 19, were immediately taken into custody. Deputies recovered a 12-gauge shotgun from the vehicle.
Polk County Sheriff, Grady Judd, said he was "infuriated and embarrassed by the conduct of Buckner's family," but stated that he didn't think the deputy was aware that his family had taken the vehicle.
He also noted that the deputy's wife, Gail, is a convicted felon with a criminal record that dates back to before the couple married.
Buckner and Cooper were booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of auto theft, theft of a firearm and impersonating an officer.
Quintasket was booked into jail on charges of grand theft, impersonating an officer, grand theft of a firearm, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Quintasket was reportedly out on bond for armed robbery when the incident occurred.
The Weekly Vice
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