A deputy of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has been fired and is facing criminal charges on allegations that he was driving drunk last weekend.
Pinellas County deputies say the 27-year-old man was driving his personal vehicle while off duty at a high rate of speed on McMullen-Booth Road just before dusk when he came to their attention. Deputies say he appeared intoxicated behind the wheel, as his eyes were glassy and he smelled of alcoholic drink.
The defendant was asked to leave the vehicle and perform a field sobriety test, the latter he declined to do. At the scene he was alleged to have told deputies that he had just left a local brewery, but that he did not take part in any drinking there.
The defendant was transported to the Pinellas County Jail and charged with one count of driving under the influence. He declined to provide a breath sample at the jail.
Per a spokesperson from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the defendant has been employed by the department for a little over four years. However, per office policy, his employment there was terminated on Friday.