Police Briefs 10/18/18

Clay County Sheriff's Office
Posted 10/17/18

Traffic re-routed in alleged shooting investigation

FLEMING ISLAND – Rush hour traffic Tuesday morning heading north on U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island was re-routed to Pine Avenue while Clay …

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Police Briefs 10/18/18


Traffic re-routed in alleged shooting investigation

FLEMING ISLAND – Rush hour traffic Tuesday morning heading north on U.S. Highway 17 on Fleming Island was re-routed to Pine Avenue while Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a possible shooting that occurred between two drivers.

U.S. 17 northbound from Hibernia Road to Water Oak Lane was closed for the investigative.

CCSO posted on social media that an earlier roadway incident occurred in which “one subject” in a vehicle received non-life-threatening injuries from possibly being shot by the occupant of another vehicle.

CCSO is currently looking for a white male, in a white truck – possibly an F-250 style – with a red topper that has possible damage to it from a crash. The vehicle and its occupant fled the area, traveling north on Highway 17.

CCSO did not say whether the crash and the possible shooting are connected.

Drivers who may have any information related to the alleged crime are asked to call CCSO’s Communications Section at (904) 264-6512, or go online at claysheriff.com and go to the See Something, Say Something banner, leaving a “crime tip” or contact First Coast Crime Stoppers, 1-866-845-TIPS.

Phillips charged with DUI manslaughter

Editor’s Note: This brief is a corrected version of a brief that ran in the Oct. 11 edition of Clay Today.

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A Green Cove Springs man remains in the Clay County Jail with bond set at $150,755 for one count of DUI manslaughter after allegedly causing a fatal crash in March.

Kevin Lee Phillips, 26, was also charged on Oct. 3 with DUI with property damage for the March 17 crash that took place while driving a 2003 Volvo S80 sedan while heading southbound on U.S. 17 approaching Heath Road.

According to the warrant, Phillips was speeding and driving erratically and crashed into a Ford F-150 truck driven by another man who was also named Kevin Phillips who, along with his two passengers, were ejected upon impact. The truck’s Kevin Phillips had left Saloon 17 and was trying to cross U.S. Highway 17 to go to the Wendy’s restaurant when his truck was struck on its right side by the southbound Volvo.

One of the men from the Ford F-150 died, but it is not spelled out in the warrant nor was the original FHP report ever updated to publicly name the victim. Calls to FHP to clarify information regarding the crash and the exact name of the victim were not returned to Clay Today by deadline last week. However, the facts were confirmed and verified by two other parties involved with the case, including State Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer David Chapman.

Kevin Lee Phillips’ blood tested positive for a .136 substance content, while the second Kevin Phillips, driver of the Ford truck, was found to have a .294 blood alcohol content.

According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement testing, the investigation found that Kevin Lee Phillips tested positive for the key drug found in Cannabis, THC and Alprazolam, a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety.

A witness told FHP that she followed Kevin Lee Phillips “alongside” his Volvo and observed him as he drove south on U.S. 17 from Fleming Island where he had been at Java’s Brewin’ Hookah Lounge in the Westover Plaza. She described Kevin Lee Phillips as being “antsy and jumping around with no music playing” the night of the crash.


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