Former New York Yankee Johnny Damon mentioned his support for former President Donald Trump and the “Blue Lives Matter movement” during a traffic stop and subsequent DWI arrest on February 19.
From the report of Windermere Police Officer Griffin Hebel, edited for clarity and brevity:
On February 19, 2021 at approximately 0123 hours, I was monitoring traffic near Conroy Windermere Road and Horizon Circle in the Town of Windermere, Florida and sitting facing westbound on the westbound shoulder of Conroy Windermere Road in a fully marked Windermere Police Department patrol vehicle. I observed a dark in color SUV traveling westbound past me with its left two tires on the double-yellow line on the left side of the westbound lane of Conroy Windermere Road. I observed the vehicle’s left tires then drift back toward the right side of the of lane, continuing westbound on Conroy Windermere Road.
As we approached the intersection of Chase Road and Bridgehouse Road, I called out traffic stop on the vehicle via the radio to Dispatch, then activated my emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop on the black Lincoln SUV and the vehicle yielded, entering the right turn lane then turning onto Bridgehouse Road and stopping just prior to the resident entry gate for Lake Butler Sound. As I approached the vehicle on the driver’s side, I observed the driver’s door swing open and I began giving verbal commands to the driver close his door. As I was giving commands to the driver, I observed a white female standing at the right rear of the vehicle in a short skirt and white top and I ordered her to get back in the vehicle. At this time, I asked Officer Tuck to respond to assist. The female then walked back to the front passenger door and got back in the vehicle. I then gave the driver commands to turn the vehicle off and hen step to the back of his vehicle.
I asked the male what was going on out with both of them stepping out of the vehicle, and the male, later identified by his Florida driver’s license as Johnny Damon, advised “Um, because we saw you following us…” I advised Damon that I was there because the interaction was a traffic stop and he then asked “What traffic stop?” I asked if he could see the police lights, which he confirmed he could, stating that they “…started back there…” while pointing toward the entrance to the turn lane where I had initially turned my lights and sirens on.
As observed Damon, he was extremely unsteady on his feet and his speech was extremely slurred. detected the odor of alcoholic impurities coming from his person as we stood the rear of his vehicle. I explained to Damon that would continue speaking with him about the reasons for the stop after backup officer arrived on scene. At this time, I asked Damon how much he had to drink during the evening. and he stated “…just little bit.” White motioning with his left hand and fingers in a small pinching motion.
I began explaining to Damon that while I had been traveling behind him, his vehicle had left its lane multiple times and struck the curb while traveling on Main on Street. While explaining this to Damon, the passenger door of the vehicle begin to open. I began giving the white female passenger verbal commands to stay the vehicle and shut the door. The female disobeyed my commands to stay in the vehicle, stepping out and stating that she didn’t need to listen to me.
Breaking: Haverstraw Police Make Arrest in Fatal Hit & Run
HAVERSTRAW, NY – The Haverstraw Police Department has announced the arrest of Sugundo Landi-Lucer (pictured), 43-years-old of Queens, New York in connection with the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in the early the morning of November 23, 2021 on Route 9W in the Village of Haverstraw.
The victim has been identified by family members as beloved longtime resident 82-Year-Old Juan Alberto Germosen
Reporting below via Ramon Soto of El Sol Newspaper. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Juan Alberto Germosen. 🙏
Sugundo Landi-Lucer will be arraigned today on charges of Criminally Negligent Homicide and Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in a death.
Press Release from the Town of Haverstraw Police Department
Village of Spring Valley Employees Indicted on Felony Charges
SPRING VALLEY EMPLOYEES INDICTED ON FELONY CHARGES
Indictments Are Part of the Evergreen Fire Investigation
Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the indictments of two Village of Spring Valley building department employees. A Rockland County Grand Jury handed the indictments as a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that occurred in March at the Evergreen Adult Home in Spring Valley.
Defendant Raymond Canario, 45, was indicted on 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 3 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 3 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.
Defendant Wayne Ballard, 64, was indicted on 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, 1 count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, and 1 count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.
Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh said,” These indictments are a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that claimed the lives of a volunteer firefighter and a resident of the Evergreen home. My office continues to work hard, following through on our commitment to leave no stone unturned in this tragic incident.”
Arraignment dates have not yet been provided for either Defendant.
The case is being prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic and Supervising
Assistant District Attorney Ryan Sweeney.