A Broward County deputy is facing a criminal charge after Miami police said he ran over a beach parking attendant’s foot during a desperate search for a missing phone.
“My girl lost her phone!” Wendell Shepherd allegedly cried after running his red Mercedes Benz over an attendant’s foot at Virginia Key Beach on Sunday night.
The attendant appeared to break his ankle, according to a Miami police arrest report.
Shepherd was charged with felony aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. He’s been a BSO deputy since 2001, and is assigned to guard jail inmates.
The 43-year-old deputy will be suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal case, according to a BSO spokeswoman. He posted bond and left jail early Monday.
It was unclear Tuesday if he had a defense attorney. On Monday night, Shepherd declined to comment.
According to the arrest report, a Miami police officer working off-duty security at the beach saw Shepherd pull into the parking lot at the beach “at a high rate of speed.” The parking attendant stepped out, motioning him to stop.
“The defendant disregarded the victim’s presence. I observed the vehicle accelerate, at which time the victim attempted to jump out of the way,” the report said. “The vehicle made a left turn into the parking lot. The driver got out of the car and immediately started looking on the ground.”
The Miami police officer, Shemia Hall, got out of his car and walked over to Shepherd.
“At no time did the defendant acknowledge police presence,” Hall wrote in his report.
Miami Fire-Rescue was summoned to care for the attendant.