Vero Beach Police Officers Resign Following Arrests

Two Vero Beach Police officers resign.
Two Vero Beach Police officers resign. (Photo: Vero Beach Police Department)

VERO BEACH, Florida – Two Vero Beach police officers resigned approximately a month after their arrests. Nicholas Knutson, 27, and Joshua Harris, 30, were placed on administrative leave.

Last month, Police found Harris intoxicated as he tried to walk home after leaving “Filthy’s Bar.”

The officers on patrol spotted Harris and were concerned about his well-being. Police said he refused a ride and decided to follow him to make sure he didn’t wander into traffic.

Harris became agitated by the police presence and started cursing at one of the officers at the scene. Harris had punched the patrol car and right side mirror, causing it to fall off.

Harris was taken into custody and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly intoxication.

While Harris was being arrested, a truck driven by Officer Knutson pulled up and parked near the scene.

Police said they could smell alcohol on Knutson’s breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot. Officers determined there was probable cause to arrest Knutson for DUI charges.

Police say both men violated Department General Orders. They were offered an opportunity to resign or face termination.

Knutson resigned effective November 9th and Harris turned in his resignation on November 10th.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott is a new resident of Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.