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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Police deny giving special treatment to deputy's son

No charges have been filed


The 19-year-old son of a Brevard County Sheriff's top deputy remains under investigation nearly two weeks after a Titusville traffic stop uncovered a small amount of cocaine in his shoe and his father's personal handgun in his car.

Jonathan Michael Lewis of Port St. John, son of Chief Deputy Mike Lewis, was given a warning ticket Aug. 25 -- because his Honda Civic had dark-tinted windows -- when he was stopped with three friends on U.S. 1 at Riveredge Drive. He has not been charged with any drug or weapons violations.

Titusville police said Lewis was not given any special treatment because of his father's law enforcement status.

The handgun was not department-issued, officials said.

The officer who stopped the car wrote in a report that he smelled marijuana coming from the car. He ordered Lewis to step out of the car and asked if he had any drugs or weapons.

Lewis said no but also refused the officer consent to search the car. Theofficers then used a drug-sniffing dog and that led officers to marijuana inside the car, reports show.

Officers then searched Lewis and found a small plastic bag with what later was determined to be 2 grams cocaine, and they found a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun under the driver's seat.


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