Broward County

Mental health concerns for BSO deputy accused of hit-and-run and drug possession

Santiago Mayorga
Santiago Mayorga

Medical staff at the Broward County Main Jail on Wednesday invoked the Baker Act for Santiago Mayorga, a suspended Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy, after he bonded out of jail, where he had been held on drug possession and other charges.

Mayorga was taken to an area hospital, according to BSO, where he will be observed for mental stability to make sure he’s not a danger to himself or others.

The 22-year-old was jailed on charges of felony possession of marijuana; felony possession of amphetamine; and possession of LSD as well as failure to use care and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. He made his $3,200 bond, but remained in custody via the Baker Act for observation.

All the charges stem from a hit-and-run incident on Monday night that occurred while Mayorga was in his marked BSO 2007 Crown Victoria going home from a friend’s house, he told investigators.

According to the complaint affidavit, Mayorga hit Penny Reynolds’ 2012 Mazda 3 in the left rear corner as both cars left Interstate 95 at Copans Road. The affidavit also notes the presence of dents and markings usually made when a car is sideswiped. Mayorga, the complaint says, didn’t stop.

Reynolds told BSO that she followed Mayorga and got his car number, No. 5735, before she lost him. BSO released her call to 911 Wednesday afternoon.

“He was taking off like a bat out of hell trying to avoid me, since he knew I was following him," Reynolds told the 911 operator.

When a BSO unit, including an internal affairs officer, pulled up to Mayorga’s home, the affidavit says, officers saw through a window “drug paraphernalia on the living room floor” and “suspect cannibis on the living room table.”

BSO got a search warrant, and deputies found 21 grams of marijuana; 10 hits of LSD; six grams of 15mg Adderall; and various smoking devices. Inside the center console of No. 5735, officers found a marijuana grinder with residue from use.

Mayorga has been suspended with pay and relieved of his badge while the investigation continues.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal