Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in serving arrest warrants Thursday for Level Plains Police Chief Billy Driggers in relation to alleged obscene behavior in front of women and children at a Panama City Beach condominium.
The Dale County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday afternoon it assisted the Panama City Beach, Fla., police department in serving the warrants for Driggers’ arrest.
According to information provided by the Panama City Beach Police Department, guests at the Aqua Condominiums in Panama City Beach reported seeing a man who appeared to be pleasuring himself while in the presence of other people in the condominium elevator on Oct. 2.
Officers approached the man, who identified himself as Billy Maurice Driggers, 44, of Daleville. According to the release, Driggers asked officers to trespass him from the property, a legal term which means he would not be arrested but not allowed back onto the property.
Further investigation, however, revealed a series of similar incidents at the condominium. On at least three separate occasions, police indicate Driggers can be seen from security video behaving in a similar manner on the elevator. Police said Driggers was also observed filming or taking photos of girls rinsing off in the outside showers.
After the review of the security footage and further investigation, arrest warrants were obtained charging Driggers with four counts of disorderly conduct. Driggers was arrested Thursday in Level Plains and booked into the Dale County Jail, awaiting extradition to Panama City Beach.
Disorderly conduct is a second degree misdemeanor in Florida, punishable by up to 60 days in jail on each offense and a fine of up to $500.
Driggers has been police chief for Level Plains since June of 2016, when he was elevated to the positon following the resignation of John Mason. Prior to that, he served as an officer for the department.