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King County Deputy Arrested on Impairment Charges on New Year's Eve In Newcastle

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Jan 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Near the end of every year, Washingtonians are bombarded with messages discouraging them from drinking and driving. Awareness campaigns ramp up, designated driver programs are showcased, and law enforcement shifts its focus to crack down on drivers who are suspected of driving while impaired. These efforts might be a bit more laudable if law enforcement actually practiced what it preached.

A 46-year old deputy in the King County Sheriff's Office is in trouble after being discovered allegedly under the influence on New Year's Eve in Newcastle. Around 9:30pm on December 31, a civilian noticed the 15-year veteran deputy slumped over the wheel of his marked patrol car in a coffee shop parking lot. The person was unable to awaken the deputy and subsequently dialed 911. When authorities arrived, they determined that the deputy was impaired by some type of drug, possibly a narcotic.

Because he was behind the wheel of his squad car, the deputy was jailed on charges of physical control of a motor vehicle while impaired, which is identical under the law to a DUI charge. The King County Sherriff's Office and Bellevue Police Department are continuing to investigate the case.

It's likely that the suspect will be placed on administrative leave from the sheriff's office while the investigation may be completed. In addition to the criminal charge, he also faces suspension from the force. It is hoped that the deputy will be treated by the legal system in the same manner that a civilian would be if the civilian were found in the same situation.

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