110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Aug 16, 2013 - 5:08:49pm
The Florida Highway Patrol determined no charges should be filed against a DeLand police officer who initiated a fatal pursuit in Spring Hill last September, said DeLand police Chief Bill Ridgway in a prepared release issued late Friday afternoon, Aug. 16.
FHP released a traffic-homicide report earlier Aug. 16, following its investigation into the death of 17-year-old Trevon Lacey. Lacey died after crashing his vehicle at high speed into a parked semi-trailer on the side of Adelle Avenue the afternoon of Sept. 19.
According to the department's own investigation, Lacey was fleeing from police Officer Mathew McCormick, who had activated his lights and siren after seeing Lacey's vehicle run a stop sign and speed away.
The DeLand Police Department's internal investigation determined that although Lacey was committing a felony by fleeing and attempting to elude an officer, McCormick violated department policies governing pursuits. DeLand Deputy Chief Gary Batten recommended McCormick be suspended without pay for 40 hours.
"Officer McCormick accepted responsibility for violating the directive and the proposed discipline," Chief Ridgway stated.
Several months later, McCormick left the department to pursue better employment opportunities out of state. His resignation was not related to the incident, Ridgway said.
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