• Traffic stop involving moving truck under review after furniture damaged


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - An internal review is underway within the Florida Highway Patrol that stems from a traffic stop involving a moving truck on Interstate 4.

    The traffic stop happened Saturday on I-4 in Volusia County and resulted in a family's furniture sitting on the side of the interstate for several hours in the rain.

    The Florida Highway Patrol pulled over the moving truck for not having stop lamps and turn signals. According to an incident report, the troopers said they smelled marijuana coming from the cab of the truck.

    The truck driver, 28-year-old Mark McDonald, and his co-worker, 30-year-old Elliott Mattocks, allowed troopers to search the moving truck, which led to the furniture being removed and placed on the side of the road.

    "A big stressful nightmare. It was just chaotic," said Michael Custodio, who owns the furniture and had just moved to central Florida.

    During the traffic stop, the movers contacted Custodio to let him know what was going on with his furniture and he drove to the scene.

    "It just boom, started downpouring," said Custodio. "A lot of the furniture had water damage."

    The FHP report stated troopers and Volusia County deputies stayed and helped load the items back onto the moving truck. But Custodio claims that wasn't the case.

    "At that point it was like ants, everybody scattering," said Custodio.

    Custodio said his furniture was ruined and some of it was chipped, scratched or broken.

    According to FHP, troopers found no drugs during the search of the moving truck. A formal complaint has yet to be filed, but the incident remains under review within the agency.

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