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Monroe County sheriff's sergeant accused of falsifying traffic citation

Sgt. Ralph Williams faces misdemeanor charge of falsifying official document

ISLAMORADA, Fla. – A Monroe County Sheriff's Office road patrol sergeant was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he falsified a traffic citation last year.

A deputy who backed up Sgt. Ralph Williams during a traffic stop for speeding last Oct. 26 filed an internal affairs report, claiming that Williams falsified a speeding ticket.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Williams, who works for the Islamorada district, pulled over a car for speeding at the highway's 89 mile marker.

Herrin said the driver didn't have a license and Williams informed him he could arrest both the driver and his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, along with her 11-year-old daughter. He said the driver could be arrested for driving without a driver's license and the woman could be arrested for allowing him to do so.

According to Herrin, the woman begged Williams to give them a "break," so Williams issued a speeding citation to the woman.

Herrin said Williams later told the deputy who had left the scene before he issued the citation what happened.

The deputy said he told Williams that what he did was not right, and he reported the incident to internal affairs.

Williams faces a misdemeanor charge of falsifying an official document.

He has been transferred to a civilian position in the Sheriff's Office communications center.

Williams has worked for the Sheriff's Office since March 2003.