OCALA, Fla. (WCJB)-- The loss of an officer in a wreck was bad enough, but now Ocala Police have lost a second officer as a result.
In September 2019, off duty Ocala police officer Daniel Wagner died when his motorcycle crashed in Marion county.
An investigation has uncovered that another officer was involved in the incident as well.
According to the report by Florida Highway Patrol, Wagner was under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol level reached .113, way above the state's legal limit of .08.
It was determined that Wagner was traveling in access of 80 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone.
A witness told law enforcement she saw LED lights 'flipping in the sky' in her review mirror.
She also saw another biker with the same vest as Wagner in the area that night, later identified as officer Shawn Sigler.
In interviews with state troopers, Sigler explained that he and Wagner had been drinking at his home before the crash.
Investigators said at first he lied to troopers claiming after their visit, Wagner went home alone, but later in the interview, he confessed to not telling the truth, and that both of them left the home drunk.
OPD then conducted its own internal investigation into Wagner's death after the crash, looking especially at Sigler's involvement that night.
OPD officials gave TV20 this statement about the second officer's involvement:
"Unfortunately Sigler not only refused to formally participate in the investigation, he resigned prior to the completion of that investigation."
Drunk driving can impact not only yourself but those around you as well, that's why organizations like Florida's Students Against Destructive Decisions are working to prevent situations like this from happening.
"We always tell drivers to make a plan, make sure that you have a safe ride home, call a friend, anyone would rather see you get home safely than to take a chance," Students Against Destructive Decisions State Coordinator, Melissa Valido said.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave TV20 this statement on the incident: “It’s disheartening to learn that a law enforcement officer didn’t take the necessary steps to get home safely after drinking that sadly claimed his life leaving a void for his family, co-workers, and the community he served. Drunk driving is 100% preventable. It’s as simple as making a plan before you drink on how you will get home safely.”
Officer Daniel Wagner was a 20 year U.S. Navy Veteran and in 2015, he joined the Ocala Police Department.
He is survived by his wife and three children.