On Aug. 31, 2016 at around 1:30am, deputies of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a car crash on Rt.19 in Shady Spring. Upon arrival we found that Sgt. Roger Richmond had wrecked a sheriff’s cruiser by hitting an embankment.
Investigation lead to suspicion that Sgt. Richmond might have been under the influence of unidentified substances.
After an investigation, Sgt. Richmond was brought in to speak with the Sheriff and Richmond resigned from the Sheriff’s Office. He was immediately arrested for DUI first offense and possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance. This arrest was made by deputies of the Sheriff’s Office by warrants issued by the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office.
Richmond was released on $2500.00 bond by Magistrate Humphries.
While we recognize that drug addiction reaches all groups and businesses, it is extremely important to understand that no one is above the laws and that the Sheriff’s Office will never tolerate any form of criminal action or inappropriate behavior and this incident will remain completely transparent for the general public to see.
This office is deeply saddened by the actions of the former deputy but will take all necessary measures to maintain and keep the trust of the public.
Sheriff Steve Tanner