Polk County Florida Sheriff Grady Judd, commenting on the arrest of Gail Buckner, wife of Deputy Charles "Chip" Buckner.
Gail Buckner, pictured along with her mother Sharon Cooper and a man identified as Alexander Quintasket, took "Chip's" squad car while he was asleep and went on a joyride with it. There was "at least" a shotgun in the car when it was taken.
According to the article in The Ledger,
Gail Buckner has a criminal record that dates to before her marriage to Chip Buckner.
Judd said sheriff's policy is for deputies not to cavort with convicted felons. 'But the lawyers say we can't stop them from marrying one,' he said.
The Sheriff's Office was unaware of the connection until Sunday, Judd said.
'We can't do a background check on everyone who dates a deputy.'
Deputy Charles "Chip" Buckner has since resigned. According to this article from Tampa Bay Online, there were a total of three firearms in the squad car, and Quintasket, in addition to being a convicted felon himself, was out on bail awaiting trial for armed robbery at the time of this incident. Buckner and Quintasket were both charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, among other charges. According to this piece from MSNBC, Quintasket "found it exciting" when the lights and siren were activated as he sat in the back seat. The errant squad car hit speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Gail Buckner told arresting officers that "she made a bad judgment call and meant no harm."