Rookie Deputy’s Discipline for Latest Crash: 30 Days Without a Patrol Car and Reprimand
FlaglerLive | January 28, 2016
Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Jonathan Kuleski will lose his patrol vehicle for 30 days and is the subject of written reprimand as a result of totaling a sheriff’s vehicle while on patrol last September, his second crash in four months.
Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Jeff Stuart issued the disciplinary decision today (Jan. 28), following an internal investigation of Kuleski’s crash–his second internal investigation in six months–that concluded on the last day of last year. The investigation found that Kukleski was at fault for the crash and had been speeding on White View Parkway, violating department policy, as he was responding to a call in the area.
The disciplinary action is effective starting at 6 p.m. this evening, though in effect Kuleski will be without a patrol car for 14 working days, which equate to a total of 30 days when off days are included. The written reprimand is a relatively severe mark on an employee’s record in the gradation of discipline, leaving Kuleski little room for error in the near future.
“In order to prevent this action from occurring in the future,” Stuart’s suspension memo reads, Kuleski “has been advised to adhere to all laws and general orders pertaining to the operation of agency vehicles. Should further violations occur he was advised progressive discipline will be administered.” Kuleski may resume operation of his patrol vehicle the morning of Feb. 26.
Kuleski was hired in August 2014. He was the subject of his first internal affairs investigation after deputies found him taking part in a drinking party in an empty lot in Palm Coast’s W Section last April. He was cleared of wrongdoing. He was involved in his first patrol-car crash the following month. The vehicle was totaled, according to sheriff’s office investigators. Kuleski was previously with the Bunnell Police Department.