Milton, FL - Former Escambia Deputy Sheriff Timothy Taylor has pleaded guilty to intentionally crashing his police cruiser into his ex-wife's home (video below.)
Deputy Taylor, 57, called in sick to work on that day, telling the Escambia County Sheriff's Office that he had taken a Xanax, and didn't feel like he could drive.
The dash-cam video, which was recently released, showed that on the morning of the incident, Deputy Taylor drove into the driveway of his ex-wife's house in his department-issued patrol vehicle.
A woman, assumed to be his ex-wife, can be seen standing in the threshold of the home’s front door.
Deputy Taylor then reversed his SUV, and backed out of the driveway, the video showed.
The woman went back inside the house and shut the front door.
A few seconds later, the video showed Deputy Taylor accelerate, and drive his police vehicle directly at the front door of the home.
Deputy Taylor’s SUV crashed through the walls, and caused massive damage to the home.
His ex-wife was not injured, police said.
He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital, and has since recovered and been released.
Deputy Taylor told Milton police officers that he was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the incident, and that he had tried to commit suicide because of marital problems.
He was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor DUI, but pleaded guilty to DUI and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief on Wednesday, October 24.
Judge David Rimmer withheld adjudication on the case, and sentenced Deputy Taylor to two years of probation.
The adjudication means that Deputy Taylor won't be further penalized if he successfully completes probation.
His attorney, Kim Anthony Skievaski, said that Deputy Taylor will no longer work in law enforcement.
The damage to the residence and the cruiser was estimated at more than $30,000.