Ex-Cop on Suicide Watch After Deadly DUI Crash

Police say he hit 5 kids, killed 1
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2017 6:58 AM CDT
Cop: Drunk Ex-Officer Ran Into 5 Kids, Killed 1
This photo provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows John Camfield.   (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

An ex-cop in Florida is on suicide watch in jail after allegedly hitting five children at a school bus stop, killing a 13-year-old boy, while driving drunk. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says John Camfield, who is being held on $600,000 bond on charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, was so drunk after the Thursday afternoon crash that he didn't remember hitting the Dundee Ridge Middle Academy students or hitting a car driven by a pregnant woman afterward, Fox 13 reports. Camfield, 48, worked for more than 10 different agencies during an 18-year career in law enforcement in Mississippi before moving to Florida in 2012.

Judd says the children were not in any way at fault. "This drunk man in a car drove off the road and ran through those children, scattering them like a bowling ball through bowling pins," he says, per the AP. Judd says Camfield, whose former colleagues told him he was a drunk, is an "embarrassment" not worthy of being called an ex-cop. "He’s a crook, he's a criminal, and he's being treated as a criminal," the sheriff says. "He knows law enforcement, now he's gonna know the other side," he says. "We're gonna put him in jail hopefully for the rest of his life." (Read more drunk driving stories.)

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