Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Boating Under the Influence

On Saturday, July 6, 2019 Sergeant Ryan Harvester of Florida’s Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of boating under the influence while piloting his 24′ Yamaha vessel on Citrus County’s Crystal River. The arresting agency is a new one here on Real World Police: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Law Enforcement.

FWCCDLE doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but their arrests are just as real and freedom-restraining as any other agency’s. And when Fish & Wildlife Lieutenant Matthew C. Griffis spotted Harvester speeding through a river manatee slow speed zone and subsequently detected signs of impairment on the 35 year old… the sergeant was destined for jail.

Harvester was issued a written warning for the speed zone violation, and was administered of a battery of “seated field sobriety tests” – a marine variant of the SFSTs you are more used to seeing. After observing numerous clues of impairment, Griffin placed Harvester under arrest and brought the sergeant  to the Citrus County Jail, where he refused an evidentiary breathalyzer test and was held for the mandatory 8-hours before being released to his wife – a corporal at Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office.

Harvester faces two charges, one charge of BUI and a separate charge of refusal to submit to a breath test. On August 6, 2019 Harvester’s attorney filed a rather misleading motion to dismiss the BUI case, which was strongly opposed by Assistant State Attorney Michael Kotsifakis. A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for September 20, 2019. 

All of the records from Harvester’s arrest as well as all court records to date (including the motion to dismiss and opposition) are available on Patreon.


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35 thoughts on “Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Boating Under the Influence

  1. I’m not one to PITY any DUIs but man this just didn’t feel right…. This guy didn’t even seem like he was drunk or struggling. His speech sound naturally different (California skaterish) seemed from I could tell to do better than I would on those field test. Dang I honestly feel bad for the guy.

  2. Wow the comments… Hey morons he broke da law remember! Da law is da law! Squaaaak! Lock him up and put him with big bubba. Dont like the rules? Then leave!

  3. I don't trust banks
    .they can close doors and claim bank ruptured and take your money and close shop!! I keep my money in a Volt! and have no bank fees!

  4. Wow you would think that they would maybe let his son drive or something I don’t know or just Give him a courtesy tow and make him get a cab home and leave his boat at the ramp or something?

  5. Glad to see this officer keeping our waters safe from beer drinking degenerates they really could've done a whole lot of damage on that lake with no other boats around

  6. Why TF would he give consent to Alcohol field sobriety test. I would refuse and simply be arrested for refusal to submit as compared to getting a DUI. What a stupid SGT

  7. It's tiring to see the arresting officers apologize to the offender due to cronyism. Law enforcement or not, don't break the law. Certainly don't expect special treatment when you do. It's hypocrisy at the highest levels.

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