CRESTVIEW — Two videos and a photo set off a firestorm on social media last week after a man posted what appeared to be a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer driving recklessly in his official vehicle.
In one of the videos, which was shot from what appears to be the passenger side of a vehicle following the FWC officer’s truck, the officer changes lane without using his turn signal.
In another video, the officer drifted out of his lane onto the highway shoulder before correcting and drifting almost into the adjacent lane.
The photo appears to show the officer on his computer while stopped in his vehicle.
The post has been shared over 700 times since it was posted May 28.
FWC spokeswoman Rebekah Nelson said the agency is “looking into the situation” and “take(s) these incidents very seriously.”
In response to the accusation the officer was using his computer while stopped, Nelson cited an FWC code that states: “Members shall take care when operating a computer while driving. Simple inquiries and viewing the nature of an incoming message may be performed while driving. Message response and complex or multiple inquiries are not to be conducted while driving.”
Nelson did not respond to questions about whether the officer had been identified and whether or not he would face any disciplinary actions.