A local deputy was apprehended earlier this month while in a vessel on Crystal River on allegations that he was operating the boat while inebriated.
The Hillsborough County detention deputy was boating on the river on July 6 when officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission say they witnessed him operating his personal vessel in an unorthodox manner.
The 35-year-old deputy did not perform well on field sobriety tests, according to the officers, and he refused to submit to a breath test for alcohol. In addition to intoxication, officers say they witnessed him boating in excess of the speed limit in that area of the river.
The deputy, who is a 13-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested and booked into the Citrus County Jail on a charge of boating under the influence. His bond was set at $500, and it is unclear whether he subsequently posted bond.
In addition to charges in Citrus County, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office placed him on administrative leave while they conduct an internal investigation.