DASH CAM VIDEO: Collier deputy trails off-duty LCSO commander suspected of drunk driving

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The Collier County Sheriff’s Office released dash cam video of the moment a commander with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.https://www.youtube.com/embed/KgoiLHeUJeQ?feature=oembed

The video shows the deputy follow Mark Shelly’s Jeep for several minutes back in March.

As the Collier deputy walks up to Shelly, who was behind the wheel, the video cuts out. That portion of the recording is exempt from release, due to Shelley’s position in law enforcement.

Shelly was accused of driving under the influence, but earlier this week pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

Shelly’s attorney entered the plea since Shelly wasn’t present. Shelly hasn’t been convicted of the charge, but it will go on his record. He is required to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and the cost of prosecution within 90 days.

Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that since commander Shelly’s criminal case is completed, the matter will be reviewed internally for policy violations.

The 42-year-old commander was pulled over in March for making an illegal u-turn and swerving in and out of his lane of traffic, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He told deputies he ran off the road momentarily because he was texting his wife and trying to follow a GPS, according to the arrest report.

Shelly also said that he was at Mercado in Naples before the traffic stop, but denied drinking alcohol, deputies said.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office commander failed field sobriety exercises and refused to take a breathalyzer test, deputies said. https://nbc-2.com/news/crime/2021/07/30/lee-county-sheriffs-office-commander-pleads-no-contest-to-reckless-driving-charge/

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