Sergeant James E. Crawley
Troop L - Lake Worth
Congratulations to Sergeant James E. Crawley for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for January 2008. Sergeant Crawley's quick thinking and prudent actions likely prevented a suspect from avoiding prosecution.
On January 16, 2008, Sgt. Crawley appeared in court to testify on a traffic summons he issued. The defendant advised the court that someone had used his name during the traffic stop.
Sgt Crawley compared the defendant's fingerprint to the one on the citation and discovered that it did not match. He determined the probable suspect's name and proceeded to locate him. As he checked the suspect's past, Sgt. Crawley found he was wanted on three felony warrants: Aggravated Battery, Uttering a Forged Instrument, and Burglary of a Structure. He also found the suspect was wanted for Statutory Rape in the State of Missouri. The suspect was apprehended as he attempted to flee through his apartment window. Sgt. Crawley arrested him without incident, booked him into the Palm Beach County Jail, and there he awaits extradition to Missouri.
Sergeant Crawley's actions made a difference by preventing this suspects avoiding apprehension. He is hereby commended for his brave and prudent actions, and congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for January 2008