An 11-year deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) is in hot water after she was caught on camera trying to use her badge and gun to threaten a tow truck driver.
The incident took place in April at the Starlight Ranch Retirement Community in Orlando, Florida. Deputy Tracy Weiss was parked illegally — her vehicle blocking a sidewalk.
That’s when a driver from Universal Towing was told to tow the vehicle. After hooking up Weiss’s vehicle, the driver said the deputy confronted him.
At the beginning of the video, the driver tells Weiss:
Okay you need to put your gun away.
Weiss replies while flailing her arms, “You see a gun!?!
The driver says, “Yes it’s in your pocket! You just put it away!
Weiss accuses the driver of stealing her vehicle:
Give me my truck. You’re illegally stealing my truck,” Weiss said to the driver, who was recording the incident.
Weiss can also be heard threatening the tow truck driver with arrest if he refused to release her vehicle:
I am a cop. You’re going to (expletive) jail for stealing my car,” Weiss said in the video.
I’m not going to jail,” the driver said.
ABC Channel 9 News obtained Weiss’ disciplinary record which shows that she was suspended for 21 hours without pay following a similar incident in 2008. Her record shows she was cited for violating OCSO’s use of authority policy as it related to a business arrangement.
After the most recent incident, Weiss has been reassigned to administrative duty while authorities investigate.
If you continue to commit the same type of offense, you’re not learning from your behavior,” said Chuck Drago, a WFTV law-enforcement expert. “Does she have anger issues? Is he stressed out or [have] personal problems? They’re going to look at all those things before they let her go back out on the road.
The OCSO hasn’t stated which policies Weiss is accused of violating following her latest incident.
Nobody likes to get towed. We understand that. It happens,” Cowie said. “But, if you’re getting towed, just pay the drop fee and move on
Universal Towing manager John Cowie showed Channel 9 news the authorization form he signed which allowed his driver to tow the deputy’s vehicle. He said that people have to pay $62.50 to get their vehicle back on the spot, and the fee is doubled if tow truck operator is held up for more than 15 minutes. Weiss ended up paying $125.
Ironically, Cowie said that all of this trouble may have been avoided had Weiss calmly approached the driver and explained that she was a sheriff’s deputy. In fact, he said that the driver would have given her vehicle back free of charge.
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