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.

Quartez Deshawn Hardy, 21, was charged with battery after the incident just before 9 a.m. Wednesday on Nokomis Road near Meadows Lane.

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.


32 Responses to “Road Camp Prisoner Pushes County Employee Off Culvert Wall”

  1. Dixie Chick on July 3rd, 2010 6:06 pm

    Parentwithoutabrain is living up to his name!!!

  2. David Huie Green on July 3rd, 2010 2:59 pm

    Unless I miss something again, the equipment operator who was shoved off the colvert was not a corrections officer. He was just somebody trying to do his job.

  3. sktmax on July 3rd, 2010 2:43 pm

    wow parentwithoutabrain,

    Yeah lets excuse the violent offender who assaulted an innocent civilian becasue of his youth. Its the COs that are the problem. Brilliant!!!

  4. Just Because on July 2nd, 2010 7:41 pm

    Parentwithabrain, I’ve worked around CO’s and inmates for more years than I care to remember, I can tell you from experience, you don’t know what your talking about. There are bad CO’s, just like there are bad people in all jobs, most of the one’s I’ve worked with over the years have been very professional. I could tell you all kind of stories about what these “saints” they watch over have pulled over the years. As for quot, he was ask to move three times and didn’t. He is really lucky he pushed this particular employee, he is a easy going guy. There are a few if he had pushed with their temper and military training, would have been out of that hole and done some serious damage to this punk before him or the CO knew what had happen.

  5. Parentwithabrain on July 2nd, 2010 6:40 pm

    CO, no offense and you have a very difficult job, but often the COs are the problem. Being a CO does NOT give you permission to belittle or abuse an inmate. However this is sadly often the case. For every good CO there are five or more horrible ones. Reading the papers you will often find the COs to be more crooked than those they are charged to watch over. Bringing in drugs and other contraband. Just saying your word is not better than an inmate. Sadly the way things are currently run the CO is always right and the inmate always wrong. But that’s another story.

    Youth is part of the issue here.

  6. Dixie Chick on July 2nd, 2010 3:45 pm

    Just because the inmate said someone pushed him don’t mean it happened. He was probably trying to save his own butt. He was asked to move his hand so the guy could do his work so he should’ve done it. You might as well as give it up with David Huie. You ain’t going to win!! :)

  7. David Huie Green on July 2nd, 2010 1:20 pm

    that was good, Elmer

  8. Elmer Fudd on July 2nd, 2010 12:40 pm

    We all know these prisoners are all falsely accused and innocent. Well one or two might have been put in prison for singing to loud in Sunday school, or maybe not. Reminds me of the story of the King that visited a prison, all the prisoners he had talked to told him how they were falsely accused and innocent. He came upon one that admitted he was guilty, the King immediately ordered that prisoner released and removed from the prison, because he didn’t want him corrupting the honest prisoners that were falsely accused.

  9. shae on July 2nd, 2010 12:37 pm

    Anger management seems to be in order here. Maybe for both of them? wonder

  10. Joe on July 2nd, 2010 12:31 pm

    perhaps this time he will not be assigned to a “road crew” but put where he should have been all along, behind bars away from people. at some point these kids will start to learn the “real law” and not what their buddy tells them is the law. this junk about “they can’t touch you man!” “you got rights” yeah, the right to be compliant as a inmate or face more charges and time for things like this.

  11. whitepunknotondope on July 2nd, 2010 12:22 pm

    “Odd comment: A Baptist pastor likened to a “snake oil salesman.” Whitepunk, when did you meet a “snake oil salesman”?”

    My Daddy was one.

  12. David Huie Green on July 2nd, 2010 12:02 pm

    “. . . are you a pastor at a Baptist church because a lot of the things you say sound a little too slick, like a snake oil salesman. ‘


    Too slick?

    How so?

    And have I tried to sell you anything?

    Do you know a bunch of slick Baptist pastors? Has any pastor of any church ever tried to sell you snake oil? Did it relieve the scaliness? or did it make you more likely to strike out at others?

    How does one oil a snake, anyway? From the head to the tail or from the tail to the head or back first then belly?

    My only comments here dealt with the attitude that things can’t be as they seem so the convicted criminals must somehow always be in the right and the man just trying to do his job must always be in the wrong. There MIGHT be more to it and it may have been misreported, but I am fascinated at those who START with that assumption.

    I also checked the official of past deeds to get a better feel for the kind of person who was involved. When you read he tried to strangle someone in a domestic dispute, you think he just MIGHT actually be as violent as pushing somebody into a ditch implies. When you read he trespassed, you think he just MIGHT lack appreciation of the concept of “what’s mine is mine so don’t mess with it. When you read how he skipped out on bond, you think he just MIGHT be unreliable and untrustworthy.

    Of course, he might be the salt of the earth and everybody’s just picking on him.

    So how is that slick?

    David the mystified

  13. NOTE on July 2nd, 2010 9:07 am

    Odd comment: A Baptist pastor likened to a “snake oil salesman.” Whitepunk, when did you meet a “snake oil salesman”?

  14. whitepunknotondope on July 2nd, 2010 7:00 am

    “David wondering at one wanting others to be falsely accused”

    David, are you a pastor at a Baptist church because a lot of the things you say sound a little too slick, like a snake oil salesman.

  15. whitepunknotondope on July 2nd, 2010 6:59 am

    “Just because he is an inmate gives no one a reason to belittle him or touch him. ”

    WRONG!!! If you are an inmate a LEO has every right to TOUCH YOU, or do whatever is necessary to get you to comply with their instructions. Stop posting false information. All you’re doing is giving young troublemakers a reason to be violent.

    I recently watched an episode of COPS where a man was arrested for DUI. He was very cooperative and soft spoken, they cuffed him, gently put him in the backseat, and took him downtown.

    When the deputy took him to the holding cell and opened the cell door, he gently turned the man around and uncuffed him. The man started to go in the holding cell but stopped and turned around to say something to someone off camera. The deputy GENTLY put his hand on the man’s bicep to prevent him from moving in the direction of whoever he was talking to. The suspect JERKED his arm away from the deputy’s hand. That was all she wrote!!!

    Faster than you could react, the deputy grabbed that suspect in a headlock and had him face down on the floor, knee in the back, as other deputies came to his aid and piled on the guy. He was down and taught a hard lesson!

    You CANNOT, as an inmate (I don’t care how tough you think you are) have a problem with “someone putting their hands on me”. You will go down. And this little slack eyed gangsta IS going down this time.

  16. David Huie Green on July 2nd, 2010 12:16 am

    “. . . I hope some of you that are so quick to judge people get the dipleasure of finding out the hard way . . . ”

    Vindictive, aren’t we?

    David wondering at one wanting others to be falsely accused

  17. David Huie Green on July 2nd, 2010 12:13 am

    “. . sometimes good people are falsely imprisond it happens believe it or not . . . ”

    Therefore we should assume everyone convicted of one or even several crimes has been falsely accused each time even if they admitted they were guilty?

    Makes sense to me.

    David in what appears to be a crime-free world
    rather than a free-crime world

  18. David Huie Green on July 1st, 2010 11:20 pm

    “A battery charge does not make a person violent.”

    True. Being charged does not make you become whatever you are charged with. On the other hand, it does mean at least somebody THINKS you ARE violent and that they can prove you committed a violent act-like shoving somebody down a 4 foot embankment or whatever. What if a sharp stick or hard peice of concrete had been where he landed?.

    He wouldn’t let go of a board?

    I guess it looks like the other tried to physically remove his hand when he refused to do as instructed.

    What’s his past record say?

    Feb 11, 2009 Battery by strangulation.
    no file or no prosecution (either he didn’t do it or they didn’t care)
    resisting arrest without violence-case transferred, nolo/guilty, suspended
    sentence and PROBATION, May 20, 2010 guilty of violation of parole, 11
    months and change, concurrent, assorted fines and requirements to look
    for work (cruel and unusual punishment!)
    battery, cause bodily harm-case transferred, nolo/adjudged guilty, suspended
    sentence and PROBATION, May 20, 2010 guilty of violation of parole, 11
    months and change, concurrent

    July 16, 2009 Trespass (Oak Terrace it seems), recidivist didn’t show up for trial,
    warrant for arrest issued along with charge of contempt- no contest,
    adjudged guilty, six months probation this time

    It all gets tied together, past record, current performance, latest charges. I don’t know, he MIGHT actually be violent if folks keep charging him with it.

    Maybe everybody’s just picking on him, though.

    I wonder who he strangled, and why? Or if the sheriff’s office just made that up for the fun of it.

    David wondering

  19. CO on July 1st, 2010 11:05 pm

    cynical, it may be a coveted position but until you have been around them you don’t even know how hot headed they can be. Even the ones who only have like six months to do they are sometimes the worst to deal with.

    It don’t take much to trigger some inmates.

  20. MET on July 1st, 2010 10:25 pm

    And yet they say rehibilation works!

  21. JUDY MASEK on July 1st, 2010 9:04 pm

    there are two sides to every story…there must be more to the story that will, most likely, come out at a later time….highly unlikely that it would come to justify his loss of control, in this situation….im am very glad that the worker wasnt hurt in the altercation, however.

  22. me on July 1st, 2010 8:19 pm

    Pass your judgements for one day ye will be judged. Just because he is an inmate gives no one a reason to belittle him or touch him. And just for the record just because you have been found guilty by a judge and jury here on earth doesn’t always mean you are guilty sometimes good people are falsely imprisond it happens believe it or not and I hope some of you that are so quick to judge people get the dipleasure of finding out the hard way. Then you might withhold your judgement.

  23. snow flake on July 1st, 2010 7:39 pm

    ask the county worker what he did to the inmate/ need to interview the other workers there, something smells fishy.

  24. William on July 1st, 2010 6:57 pm

    In response to a couple of comments below — I am sure that perhaps Mr. Hardy had a side to this story. However, there was no information presented in the Sheriff’s Office report other than what is above, except for victim’s names.

  25. Parentwithabrain on July 1st, 2010 6:52 pm

    A battery charge does not make a person violent. Do you know the circumstances? My only concern with this was the fact the quot was the inmate requesting the guy not to put his hands on him again. Should he have pushed him? No. But there are two sides to every story. If the worker in question physically assaulted him first it is not unexpected for the young man to defend himself. Youth has a hard time with the let it go concept.

    But nice to see how the general public is full of condemnation after hearing one side of the story. But then again the general public tends to be full of ignorance until they are faced with an incarcerated loved one.

  26. Responce to "Believer" on July 1st, 2010 5:46 pm

    What do you “believe in” pure stupidity? The guy is in JAIL for a crime for a violent crime? He should be on his best behavior, apparently he isn’t to much worried about fixing himself or behaving if hes doing this? If someone steals from you, forgive, and then they STEAL AGAIN, does it really matter what their reason was the second time… ? NO its wrong.

  27. Believe on July 1st, 2010 5:19 pm

    The sad part about all this is once you’re in the system (jail and prison) nobody is going to listen to their side of the story ; doesn’t matter anymore to law abiding citizens what or why it happened.

  28. Cynical on July 1st, 2010 2:48 pm

    Is this exactly what it appears to be or is there some element of the story that is missing?

    Road Gang is a coveted position among prisoners, not lightly jeopardized even by the hot headed.

    “..Hardy became irate and told the equipment operator not to lay his hands on him…”

    However right or wrong the prisoner may be in his disagreement, touching a “boss” is a sin and punishable.

    The young aren’t always the smart.

  29. Dixie Chick on July 1st, 2010 11:58 am

    He will be a career criminal!!

  30. aubrey king on July 1st, 2010 11:44 am

    Put him in jail with lots of violent inmates.

  31. sktmax on July 1st, 2010 8:45 am

    Why would a violent offender be eligible to be at the Road Prison and work around civilians in the first place?

  32. people are crazy!! on July 1st, 2010 5:41 am

    Violent People R what they R he had past of Violence he continued it History repeats itself always!!

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