Lead investigator in I-75 pileup has tires slashed

Published On: May 04 2012 01:10:59 PM EDT   Updated On: May 04 2012 02:13:12 PM EDT

New dash camera video was released in the fatal Alachua County Interstate 75 pileup back, giving more details in what happened leading up to the accident-and even the accident itself.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever vandalized the personal vehicle of an FDLE agent.

Tires were slashed on the personal vehicle of Orlando Assistant Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks while it was parked at his home on Thursday, investigators said. The front page of the FDLE Interstate 75 crash report was stuffed under the windshield wiper with cross-hairs penciled over the printed FDLE badge, investigators said.

Banks was the lead investigator on the I-75/Paynes Prairie investigation into events leading up to the fatal January crashes.

"FDLE agents protect our state, and we will not tolerate threats for doing our jobs," said FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey. "We will do everything within our authority and power to protect our agents and their families."

"The Florida Highway Patrol is aware of the incident, and we will provide FDLE investigators with any information they need to determine who is at fault," said FHP director Col. David Brierton.

FDLE, along with local law enforcement, is investigating the incident. If you have information about this crime, contact 877-FLA-WANTED (877-352-9268) or email info@fdle.state.fl.us.


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