A Broward Sheriff’s deputy will have drug charges dropped against him if he can complete a 12 month program, a judge ruled Wednesday.
22-year-old Santiago Mayorga, who has been with the department for just over one year, pled not guilty to charges stemming from a July 4th hit and run accident in Pompano Beach.
After hitting another vehicle on Copans Road shortly after exiting I-95 while off duty in his patrol car, Mayorga went to his home. Investigators arrived there and found marijuana in a plastic bag as well as paraphernalia in plain sight. He was charged with four counts, including possession of LSD and amphetamines.
Mayorga told officers he was coming back from visiting a friend when he hit the vehicle. The driver of the other car told NBC 6 last month that the police car did not have its lights on at the time.
He has been suspended with pay since the accident. Mayorga will still face a court case for the hit and run charge, while his future with the department has yet to be determined.