Haunting DUI Arrest in Florida, At Least for One Person
By: Mike Stetzer
A Florida man by the name of Jeffrey Faulk was arrested on DUI and marijuana charges this past June and then restrained in a chair in a Pinellas County holding cell after allegedly being rowdy with corrections officers.
Despite letting the officers know that he had been drinking all night and needed to use the bathroom, Faulk's pleas reportedly went unheard for hours.
Rather, three officers taunt the man by flushing an adjacent toilet in the holding cell on 11 separate occasions.
Eventually, Faulk succumbed to nature and urinated on himself.
The Pinellas County Sgt. who flushed the toilet eight out of the 11 times reportedly told investigators examining the treatment of Faulk that a demon in the plumbing made him do it.
Yes, you heard right. A demon in the plumbing made the officer act that way towards the DUI suspect.
Former Pinellas County Sgt. Thomas Mahoney, even went as far as enlisting psychiatric help with his demon.
According to Mahoney, he was fearful that his head would be smashed into the exposed plumbing in the holding cell (his words, not ours). This fear grew so large that the plumbing actually became a demon to him.
Mahoney thus said that he kept flushing the toilet in the cell so the pipes would keep working and he wouldn't have his face smashed.
Internal investigators from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office didn't buy Mahoney's story.
The investigators found that the only time that Mahoney was compelled to compulsively flush the toilets was when inmates were placed in the restraint chair.
They talked with Mahoney's psychologist Vincent Skotko, who said that it was highly unlikely that Mahoney's fear of these pipes and demons would only resonate when an inmate was in a restraint chair.
Despite declaring himself cured from his fear of a demon in the pipes, Mahoney resigned his position the day before his case went before the Administrative Review Board, which was likely going to levy penalties against him.
Apparently, even Mahoney couldn't buy the story that his experience was as haunting as what Faulk had to endure following his strange Florida DUI arrest.
Wrapping Up This Traumatic Florida DUI Arrest
While Mahoney chose to resign rather than face the consequences of his actions, the other officers involved in this terrible treatment of Faulk will apparently face the music.
Cpl. Ryan Key and Deputy Christopher Turcotte accounted for the other three toilet flushes and respectively face suspensions of one day and five days.
Cpl. Joseph Shwallon, Deputy Armando Mirelez Jr. and Deputy Joseph Sigmund submitted inaccurate reports on the toilet-flushing and thus received written reprimands
Sadly, these penalties seem a bit lenient when compared to the embarrassment and pain experienced by Faulk!