Jeremy Dewitte was arrested on September 7, 2019 in Windermere, Florida after he allegedly crossed a double yellow line while conducting a funeral procession. The officers on the scene were Sergeant Mark DeStefano, Officer Jerrell Ogletree, Officer Jeffrey Czwornog, Officer Ryan Miller and Trainee Officer Tuck.
Dewitte was charged with one count of falsely impersonating a police officer, one count of resisting an officer without violence and one count of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. The latter charge was dropped by the State of Florida and a new charge of reckless driving was added.
During the arrest Jeremy Dewitte stated on several occasions he was recording the incident with his helmet camera.
On October 2, 2019 Officer Jeffrey Czwornog completed an affidavit for a search warrant to obtain the video from the helmet camera worn by Jeremy Dewitte on September 7, 2019. Judge Kevin B. Weiss reviewed the affidavit and issued a search warrant on October, 2, 2019.
On October 4, 2019 Officer Czwornog reviewed the helmet camera and discovered an SD card containing 19 videos. Czwornog claimed the majority of the videos showed Jeremy Dewitte on various motorcycles driving recklessly.
Officer Jeffrey Czwornog transferred the videos on the SD card to a CD and submitted it into evidence. According to Czwornog there appeared to be an internal hard drive in the camera itself but he was unable to access the files.
Officer Czwornog made an attempt to download the software from Contour.com, the manufacturer of the helmet camera, and claimed he was unsuccessful. Czwornog sent an email on October 4, 2019 to Contour’s support team to obtain the software file.
Contour, LLC was a Utah-based company that manufactured cameras, mounts and accessories. The company shut down in 2014 after 10 years in the technology industry. Contour attempted a comeback merge with iON Camera in 2015 after Contour sued GoPro for patent infringement.
iON filed for bankruptcy in 2016. Contour, LLC has been inactive since 2016.
According to Officer Jeffrey Czwornog’s affidavit, Jeremy Dewitte’s helmet camera was a Contour 1900 model.
One of the first steps when using the helmet camera is inserting the SD card. The next step is to slide the Record Slider forward to record.
The Contour manual states Letter A is the Recording Indicator. If the circle is visible, the device is recording. Letter B is the Record Slider.
The photos taken by Windermere Police Department on the day of Jeremy Dewitte’s arrest show the Contour camera’s Record Slider is slid forward and the Recording Indicator is visible.
We received the photographs from Jeremy Dewitte’s ex, Jennifer, who unexpectedly met with Detective John Allen and Deputy Chief Jennifer Treadwell about the camera footage.
“I hadn’t seen Detective Allen since 2019 and I wasn’t expecting to see him,” she said. “The best thing I’ve learned since 2019 is Jeremy met Jessica Bolden on Ashley Madison. He used her up. The last person who saw her said she was looking rougher than usual. Oh well.”
She continued, “Deputy Chief Treadwell was very nice to me and I felt like she was being genuine. I sat in the same seat, Detective Allen sat in the same seat, she sat in (Corporal) Ramsey’s seat. It was just like 2019 except Ramsey wasn’t there and we were wearing masks.”
“They said they wanted to help me. But Deputy Chief Treadwell said there wasn’t any video from Jeremy’s camera. She said it was almost as if he didn’t turn his camera on that day. The other videos were there. The Windermere video wasn’t,” Jennifer said.
“One of the last things Detective Allen told me is I can always come to him and ask him questions if I have any. But then after the meeting I realized public records that were redacted for other people weren’t redacted for some. I’m not sure how insignificant people can have things that aren’t redacted unless it was handed to them.”
“I know Vidler calls people and laughs at videos that go up because he has a part in them and because he’s pathetic but I don’t know about other officers and what they do,” she said.
According to another source Sergeant Keith Vidler allegedly alerted law enforcement to be on the look-out (BOLO or BOL) for Metro-State Special Services and Jeremy Dewitte on September 7, 2019.
In the video uploaded today Jeremy Dewitte makes a phone call to Metro-State Special Services employee Allen Smith about Steven “Recycle” Negron from Orange County Corrections. We will also take another look at Dewitte’s September 7, 2019 Windermere arrest.
***There are moments in the video when the body worn cameras are muted by Windermere Police Department.***