Saturday, November 17, 2018
News

Sarasota cop arrested at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

An off-duty Sarasota Police Department officer was arrested Friday evening at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport for allegedly pushing a flight attendant, battering his own son and refusing to leave the airport after he was told he was too drunk to fly.

Derrick Gilbert, 51, was trying to fly to Greensboro, N.C., with his son, Tai, 18, on Allegiant Airlines Flight 834, according to a release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. When Gilbert boarded his flight, he was slurring his words, his eyes were glassy and he seemed “confused,” deputies said. He appeared to be too drunk to find his seat, deputies said.

When flight attendants asked Gilbert to leave the flight — Allegiant has a rule against flying intoxicated — Gilbert initially refused. He eventually left the plane, but not before allegedly pushing 25-year-old flight attendant Kelby Oats, witnesses said. He also pushed his own son, who was trying to get him to leave, and grabbed him by the neck, witnesses said.

Deputies were called to the scene to find Gilbert yelling profanities and refusing to leave the ramp from the plane to the terminal. Authorities told Gilbert that if he didn’t leave the airport, he’d be arrested for trespassing. Gilbert responded by saying that he couldn’t be arrested because he was a Sarasota police officer, deputies said.

Gilbert was arrested and charged with one count of battery, one count of domestic battery and one count of trespassing. Sarasota Police Department said in a release that it had put Gilbert on administrative leave pending an investigation.

“We hold our Officers to the highest standard of both professionalism on and off duty,” said Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino. “I’ve instructed our Internal Affairs Division to conduct a through investigation.”

Comments
Live blog: Bucs, Giants desperate for a win

Live blog: Bucs, Giants desperate for a win

The season hasn’t gone anything like Tampa Bay (3-6) or New York (2-7) had anticipated. With time running out, a loss today in East Rutherford, N.J., will spell the end of all hope for either team.
Updated: 1 minute ago
Final results show GOP Gov. Scott leads in US Senate race

Final results show GOP Gov. Scott leads in US Senate race

Bill Nelson has conceded.
Updated: 2 minutes ago
Bill Nelson concedes U.S. Senate race to Rick Scott after recount

Bill Nelson concedes U.S. Senate race to Rick Scott after recount

Scott ultimately beat Nelson by 10,033 votes — or about 0.12 percent of the nearly 8.2 million votes cast in the race.
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Why a salmonella outbreak shouldn't ruin your Thanksgiving

Why a salmonella outbreak shouldn't ruin your Thanksgiving

There's no reason to skip Thanksgiving dinner because of a salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Florida’s recount is over (we think). Here are the results.

Florida’s recount is over (we think). Here are the results.

The deadline for the state’s 67 elections departments to transmit their final vote totals from the Nov. 6 midterms to the state came and went Sunday at noon following a grueling 12-day machine and manual recount.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police seek informtion in deadly home invasion

Police seek informtion in deadly home invasion

The Tampa Police Department is asking for the public's help with information relating to a home invasion turned deadly.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter arrested for DUI

Off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter arrested for DUI

An off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter was arrested for a DUI Saturday night.
Updated: 2 hours ago
So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

So why isn't Blake Casper resting on his laurels and eating Egg McMuffins every morning at one of his 64 McDonalds?

He is. But he says he has other restaurants to create
Updated: 2 hours ago
Palm Beach will be recounting votes through Thanksgiving, maybe Christmas

Palm Beach will be recounting votes through Thanksgiving, maybe Christmas

Even by Florida standards, where the mid-terms have dragged on for nearly two weeks after Election Day, Palm Beach has distinguished itself
Updated: 2 hours ago
'Nothing on this page is real': How lies become truth in online America

'Nothing on this page is real': How lies become truth in online America

A new message popped onto Blair's screen from a friend who helped with his website. "What viral insanity should we spread this morning?" the friend asked.
Updated: 3 hours ago