Road Camp Prisoner Pushes County Employee Off Culvert Wall
July 1, 2010
An Escambia County Road Prison inmate was charged Wednesday after pushing a county road department employee off a four-foot culvert retaining wall in Nokomis.
According to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Hardy was an inmate worker on an Escambia County Road Prison detail assisting Escambia County Road and Bridges with rebuilding a culvert and retaining wall on Nokomis Road.
A county equipment operator told deputies that he had asked Hardy to remove his hand from a board. That is when Hardy became irate and told the equipment operator not to lay his hands on him. After the equipment operator once again told Hardy to remove his hands from the board, Hardy turned and pushed the victim off the edge of a retaining wall that was under construction, according to the report.
The equipment operator fell about four feet off the wall and landed on his back. He was not injured.
A County Road Prison corrections officer told deputies that he heard Hardy become loud and curse at the victim. He told deputies that as he looked up, he saw Hardy push the worker in the chest. The corrections officer secured Hardy in handcuffs and placed him in a secure vehicle until deputies arrived.
Hardy was transported to the Escambia County Jail without incident. He is due to be in court on the battery charge on July 21.
Court records indicate that Hardy was jailed at the Escambia Count Road Prison after being convicted on 2009 charges of battery and resisting arrest without violence.