Midway Police Chief Terron Lindsey On Leave After Arrest, Faces Misconduct Changes

Midway police chief on leave after arrest, faces misconduct changes

12:59 AM, Dec 21, 2012   | Written by Sean Rossman, Democrat staff writer

Midway Police Chief Terron Lindsey has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested Wednesday in connection to buying urine for a urinalysis test and using a city fuel card for a personal vehicle.

Lindsey, 52, of Midway, faces charges of petit theft and official misconduct.

A boy told authorities with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in May that Lindsey asked him to pee in a shampoo bottle. After doing so, the boy was given five dollars and a box of candy, according to court documents.

Lindsey told the boy’s mother he needed the urine to pass a urinalysis test as part of the employment process for the city of Midway, according to the report. Lindsey, who was hired as police chief on Oct. 24, 2011, told her he swapped the urine for his own.

FDLE questioned Lindsey about a gasoline purchase on the city’s fuel card. Lindsey told law enforcement officers that he bought the $52 worth of gas for the boy’s mother. He said he bought the gas because she was working as a confidential informant for the police department at the time, but was unable to prove this with paperwork.

Midway City Manager Auburn Ford said his office is still waiting for all the facts before determining Lindsey’s employment status with the police department. In the meantime, police chief duties are split between Major Tom Murray and Capt. Jerome Turner.

“Right now we need to get all the facts,” said Ford, who will  decide Lindsey’s status at a public meeting set for Thursday. The decision Ford makes will need to be approved by a vote of the Midway City Commission.

The official misconduct charge, a third-degree felony, carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, said State Attorney Willie Meggs, whose office will be prosecuting Lindsey.

The petit theft charge, a first degree misdemeanor, carries a sentence of up to a year in county jail.

Lindsey was bonded out of jail Wednesday night.

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