DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Daytona Beach police lieutenant is being investigated after he admitted in files that he made a poor choice by arresting a mechanic who was working on his vehicle.
The files showed that Lt. James Brodick said he was frustrated with a man with whom he did business, so he had him arrested on felony charges, despite being told it was a civil case.
Channel 9 broke the news in April of the arrest of Dennis King, a local mechanic who was working on Brodick’s 1939 Ford. Reports showed Brodick arrested King and accused him of taking his money for work that was not getting done on the car.
King told Channel 9 the restoration took longer than expected.
The department’s internal affairs investigation determined Brodick should have let an impartial employee handle the investigation and he let his emotions cloud his judgment.
The charges against King were dropped.
Channel 9’s investigation found internal memos revealing that Brodick told his officers that he “ran it up the chain of command.”
Chief Mike Chitwood said he didn’t know of King’s arrest until after it happened.
Brodick said he takes full responsibility for his actions and feels bad about putting other officers in a bad position. Chitwood said he will be suspended for 10 days.
Brodick’s personnel file showed that he has been disciplined a handful of times for minor offenses like traffic accidents. He’s also been commended and received medals for his accomplishments.