A Clay County deputy was relieved of his duties after being arrested a second time for allegedly driving while intoxicated, approximately 10 months after a previous DUI.
Last December, the director of corrections for the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office rolled through a stop sign and crashed into another vehicle. He was arrested for driving under the influence, and he pleaded no contest to the charge. His conviction led to his demotion to lieutenant.
On the night of October 15, the deputy was driving in town when his truck reportedly left the road and ended up in a ditch.
According to reports, the vehicle was stuck, and the man tried to dislodge the wheels by continually reversing and then going forward. He was ultimately unsuccessful.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers at the scene and talked to the deputy, they asserted that he smelled like he had been drinking. It was reported that he also displayed physical and verbal indications of intoxication, such as stumbling while he was walking, and slurring his words when he was speaking.
When he was asked for identification, the deputy was reportedly unable to find his license.
The inside of his vehicle was inspected, and the troopers reported that there were several empty alcohol bottles in the truck.
The troopers asked the deputy to take roadside sobriety tests, but he would not consent.
The deputy was placed under arrest and booked into the Clay County Jail. He is facing a second DUI charge.
He was later released on bond, and he has a court date on November 7 regarding the most recent charge.
Three days after his arrest, it was reported that the deputy was fired from the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office.
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