Deputies, FHP troopers say no day is typical in north Okaloosa

Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 19:16 PM.

“Mostly we just handle crashes and reckless drivers,” Carrico said. “I’ve seen a rash of motorcycle crashes lately. I don’t know if it has to do with gas prices or not.”

Although it’s generally up to the FHP to file paperwork from an accident outside Crestview’s city limits, Carrico said he and his fellow troopers frequently depend on Sarment and his colleagues to secure the accident scene.

“With three of us (troopers) in the county, sometimes it’s difficult to respond right away,” Carrico said. “The Sheriff’s Office is a big help. Sometimes they get to the scene before we do. They really help us out a lot.”

Sarment said he and fellow deputies continue to respond and provide aid until an FHP unit arrives. Both officers said wrecks seem to get bunched together.

After a quiet morning, Carrico observed, “school’s in, most folks are at work and it’s a dry day. It’s real nice.”

Suddenly three wrecks, including two in or near Crestview, lit up the GPS-linked map on his patrol car’s laptop computer.

“It’s like they come in spurts,” Carrico said.

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