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Sanford Police Officer Arrested on DUI and Property Damage Charge

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 4, 2020

An internal investigation into an officer with the Sanford Police Department is underway after the individual was arrested and charged with a DUI and property damage while driving within the city of Lake Mary. Reports from the Lake Mary Police Department stated that it was on Wednesday, January 1st, that the off-duty officer was pulled over while traveling through Lake Mary. The reports did not offer much information around the precise reasons that the officer was pulled over, and they also failed to state the details around the property damage charge that was leveled at the officer along with the DUI.

What we know at this time is that the Sanford Police Officer, who was named in the initial report, was traveling through Lake Mary when something happened to cause them to be placed under arrest. Because the individual in question is a police officer, the reports on the issue have been tremendously lacking in detail. Other than that the officer was arrested in Lake Mary, we do not know the location of the arrest. Other than the vague mention of property damage, we do not know what exactly happened to cause the individual to be arrested. We do not know if any other people were involved in the incident, and we do not know if there were any injuries that occurred as a result of the intoxicated officer’s behavior. If previous internal investigations into traffic violations by police officers are anything to go by, the public will never learn about these key details of the incident.

A terse report from the Sanford Police Chief indicated that the officer in question was relieved of duty as well as being asked to take an unpaid leave of absence. Pending the results of the investigation, the officer will either be lightly reprimanded and then returned to duty, removed permanently from patrol assignment, or fully removed from the force.

Last year, a deputy with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office who killed the driver of a pickup truck during a rear-end collision was removed from active patrol duty only after they were involved in a second crash a month later. After an investigation of reports of non-compliance from the OCSO, this deputy still remains a part of the force.


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