All the good stories seem to come out of Florida. A police officer had an extremely bad day and decided the best way to deal with it was to destroy his ex-wife’s house. On November 28, 2016, Deputy Sheriff Timothy Taylor called in sick to work. He told dispatch that he had taken Xanax and was unable to drive. Taylor then proceeded to drive to his ex-wife’s home and slammed his police cruiser into her home. As bad as slamming the car into his ex-wife’s house was, he then made matters worse by pulling out a knife.
A now-former Escambia County deputy admitted to being under the influence when he crashed his patrol car into his ex-wife’s home.
The incident occurred in November 2016 in Milton, Florida. The State Attorney’s Office released dash cam video showing Timothy Taylor crashing into the front of the home.
Taylor first enters and reverses out of the driveway. A woman is seen standing in the doorway moments before the patrol car rams into the front door, where the red and blue flashing lights continue to reflect off the debris. It’s unknown whether the woman is his ex-wife.
Taylor pleaded no contest to DUI and criminal mischief charges. He has been sentenced to two years of probation.
The dash-cam video, which was recently released, showed that on the morning of the incident, Deputy Taylor drove into the driveway of his ex-wife’s house in his department-issued patrol vehicle.
A woman, assumed to be his ex-wife, can be seen standing in the threshold of the home’s front door.
Deputy Taylor then reversed his SUV and backed out of the driveway, the video showed.
The woman went back inside the house and shut the front door.
A few seconds later, the video showed Deputy Taylor accelerate, and drive his police vehicle directly at the front door of the home.
Deputy Taylor’s SUV crashed through the walls and caused massive damage to the home.
His ex-wife was not injured, police said.
Police said that Deputy Taylor stabbed himself in the chest just before he drove the cruiser into his ex-wife’s house, according to WAFB.
He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital and has since recovered and been released.
Deputy Taylor told Milton police officers that he was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the incident, and that he had tried to commit suicide because of marital problems.
He was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor DUI but pleaded guilty to DUI and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief on Wednesday, October 24.
Judge David Rimmer withheld adjudication on the case and sentenced Deputy Taylor to two years of probation.
The adjudication means that Deputy Taylor won’t be further penalized if he successfully completes probation.
His attorney, Kim Anthony Skievaski, said that Deputy Taylor will no longer work in law enforcement.
The damage to the residence and the cruiser was estimated at more than $30,000.
It must have been a really bad split for Taylor to react the way he did, unfortunately, his decision cost him much more than he ever imagined.