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Pinellas Homicide Detective Arrested For Allegedly Arriving To Murder Scene While Drunk

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A local homicide detective who allegedly appeared at a crime scene in a state of drunkenness was charged with DUI and subsequently fired last week.

Pinellas County deputies say the 48-year-old detective arrived at the scene of a fatal shooting on January 3 after a request was put out by the agency. Per deputies, the detective arrived on the scene in an unmarked department vehicle and smelled of alcoholic drink upon exiting it.

Deputies on the scene began evaluating him for intoxication, noting his bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. They conducted a field sobriety test on the detective, saying his results were poor. In addition to physical signs of inebriation, deputies say he admitted to consuming alcohol prior to driving, specifically four mixed drinks containing a prominent blended Canadian whisky.

The detective was arrested at the scene and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. Upon his arrival he was given a blood-alcohol test, with results allegedly showing a BAC of 0.129% and 0.134%, both of which are well above the Florida legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

The 48-year-old detective was booked into jail early the next morning on a single count of driving under the influence. He was released on his own recognizance seven hours later. Per Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office policy, the detective was fired immediately due to his arrest for DUI.

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