Santiago Mayorga, a deputy with the Broward, Florida sheriff’s office, was arrested for a DUI hit-and-run crash this week. He faces charges for leaving the scene of an accident and possession of illegal drugs. Mayorga was held at Broward County Jail for one night in lieu of a $3,200 bond. A spokesperson from the sheriff’s office said Mayorga, 22, was transferred to a local hospital for evaluation on the recommendation of medical personnel at Broward County Jail. News sources did not specify a lawyer for Mayorga.
According to the arrest report, the alleged car crash occurred where Interstate 95 merges onto Copans Road at around 10:00 p.m. on July 4. Mayorga was driving his patrol car when he purportedly crashed into a 2012 Mazda driven by Penny Reynolds. Mayorga’s Ford Crown Victoria hit the rear corner of Reynolds’ car and sideswiped the driver’s side before allegedly taking off.
Reynolds followed Mayorga to get his unit number before calling 911 to report the incident. She claims Mayorga sped up when he noticed that she was trying to follow him. The arrest report states that the scratches and dents on Reynolds’ Mazda were later found to be consistent with the ones on Mayorga’s patrol car, corroborating Reynolds’ account of the crash.
When questioned by investigators, Mayorga said he was driving home after leaving a friend’s house and was off-duty when the alleged crash happened. A search of his patrol car reportedly yielded a cigarette wrapper containing an unknown “chalky” substance and a marijuana grinder.
Investigators went to Mayorga’s Pompano Beach home the next day and reportedly saw what appeared to be a bag of marijuana and drug paraphernalia through the living room window. After a search warrant was issued, investigators found 21 grams of marijuana, 10 hits of LSD, six grams of Adderall, and various smoking devices in his home.
According to the sheriff’s office spokesperson, drug testing is part of the agency’s hiring process and random tests are also regularly conducted, but the results of any tests done during Mayorga’s tenure will not be disclosed to the public because of federal HIPAA medical privacy laws. Mayorga has been suspended with pay and relieved of his badge, identification, and vehicle while the investigation continues.