A deputy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is facing charges of driving under the influence after he allegedly drove his personal vehicle into a structure at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Timothy Michael Craig was piloting his Toyota light truck on the evening of July 12 when Florida Highway Patrol troopers say he drove over a traffic sign and collided with a pedestrian foot bridge near the Disney Springs complex. According to the relevant report the 46-year-old’s adult son was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Responding officers say they discovered two opened whiskey bottles in the console between the driver’s and passenger’s seats. They further described Craig as being “spaced,” struggling to stay conscious, and exhibiting other signs of intoxication, including slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and a smell of alcoholic beverage on his breath.
Paramedics transported Craig to a local hospital and he was released shortly thereafter. However, troopers say that he attempted to avoid them when they approached him to discuss the incident. They go on to say that he placed his hands behind his back when they advised him that they were investigating him for drunk driving, he indicated that he didn’t understand his Miranda rights when they were read to him, and he refused to perform field sobriety tests or submit to a breath test for alcohol.
The 23-year HCSO veteran was booked into the Orange County Jail on a single charge of DUI with property damage, and his bail was set at $1,000. Jail records do not indicate that the HCSO sergeant is currently being held in custody.
Last assigned to the office’s community outreach department, Craig was suspended without pay upon his arrest and will face an administrative review by the department.
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