Sheriff's Captain Found Passed Out in Traffic Sent Home With Fist Bump, No Impaired Screenings

A sheriff's captain in Florida was recently seen passed out in traffic and sent home shortly after despite no medical or sobriety screenings conducted.

According to WFTV in Orlando, the incident occurred on July 8 near County Road 419. Officers with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene after fellow drivers reported a man seen passed out in the car on the road.

In body camera footage of the incident obtained by WFTV, responding officers can be seen blocking the man's car in from the front and back and proceeding to knock on the man's window for several minutes. Numerous firefighters and emergency medical service personnel can be seen blocking the road and surrounding the man's car.

"He either ODed or asleep?" one of the responding deputies can be heard saying in the video.

WFTV reported that in the body camera video, another responding officer asked the man in the vehicle if he fell asleep and in response the man said, "I'm a captain with the sheriff's office."

"Oh, oh," the responding deputy can be heard saying in the video. "I'm sorry, man."

Shortly after the responding deputies learned that the man in the car was a captain with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, they let him go without conducting any medical or sobriety screening tests.

As the deputies were about to close the man's door and send him on his way, one of the responding deputies can be heard saying "You're good, you're good, just leave, this didn't happen."

The man in the vehicle can be seen giving the other responding deputy a fist bump just before he closed his door.

In the body camera footage, the man driving the vehicle cannot be seen clearly as his face is blurred but WFTV reported that the man was Capt. Kip Beacham of the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Newsweek that the man in the vehicle was Beacham.

According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office website, "Beacham currently serves as the Captain over the Community Justice and Rehabilitation Division."

Beacham has been employed by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office for 24 years, according to WFTV.

When asked why no sobriety or medical screenings were conducted before letting Beacham go, Seminole County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Bob Kealing wrote in a statement to Newsweek that "Every incident is unique, and it is ultimately deputy discretion based on their comprehensive training and experience."

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office told WFTV that Beacham showed "no signs of impairment or further concerns to deputies."

Per WFTV, the responding deputies seen in the body camera video are not under review by the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's Captain found passed out in car
A captain with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office in Florida was recently found passed on in his car and let go without any medical or sobriety screenings. Above, police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas on Feb. 26, 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty