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Off Duty Deputy Stopped For DUI, Then Released (Video)
WFTV 9 ^ | 25 June 2009

Posted on 06/25/2009 9:25:42 PM PDT by greatdefender

ROVELAND, Fla. -- Eyewitness News has discovered that Groveland Police recently stopped an off duty Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy for suspicion of driving drunk. Police, however, did not arrest the deputy. Now the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has launched its own internal investigation into the incident.

According to a police incident report, Deputy Rodney Blevins was driving on Highway 50 in May when he slammed on his truck brakes in front of Chaos Tattoo Shop. According to the report, he started yelling obscene words at two women in front of the business. That is when an officer pulled him over. The officer said Blevins had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breathe. His eyes were also glassy and he was also unsteady on his week.

Grainy and dark dash camera video from the police officer’s car showed the off duty deputy performing a field sobriety test.

Groveland Police say Blevins passed the test, so the officer only wrote him a ticket for reckless driving and let him go.

We asked police if that was the same treatment any other resident would be given.

“That is same thing anyone would be given. If they do not complete the tests and it establishes probable cause that they are impaired then they would be arrested for that,” said Lt. Jesse Baker with the Groveland Police Department.

Officers say Blevins admitted he had been drinking. He also made it known that he was deputy and also acted aggressively.

Even that was not enough for an arrest; officers still did not allow Blevins to drive. His parents came to pick him up.

Groveland police offered Blevins a breathalyzer but since he was never under a DUI arrest, that test was not required, and the deputy turned it down.

Throughout the whole ordeal, Blevin’s 11-year-old daughter was in his truck.

Blevins has been the subject of five other internal investigations. We asked why he is still with the Sheriff’s Office.

“If you were to look at each one of those internal investigations individually, one of them was not sustained as in it was found to be unfounded, the others that were founded were minor policy violations, he was given corrective action,” said Jim Vachon with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Corrective action included reprimands and counseling.

Blevins has been with the sheriff's office since 1997.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: deputy; donutwatch; dui; released

1 posted on 06/25/2009 9:25:43 PM PDT by greatdefender
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To: greatdefender

It’s because of Deputy’s like this that Officers have a bad name.


2 posted on 06/25/2009 9:35:35 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: greatdefender

Those laws are for the serfs, not the nobility.


3 posted on 06/25/2009 9:39:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: greatdefender

It’s the same everywhere: When you ARE the law, you’re ABOVE the law.

Maybe I’ll start pulling over cops and writing them tickets.


4 posted on 06/25/2009 9:40:04 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( Palin/Netanyahu 2012 ))))
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To: greatdefender
Typical...I'm not surprised one bit.


5 posted on 06/25/2009 9:45:18 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: greatdefender
Corrective action included reprimands and counseling.

Blevins has been with the sheriff's office since 1997.

Tick...tock...tick...tock...

6 posted on 06/25/2009 9:51:08 PM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: greatdefender
Officers say Blevins admitted he had been drinking. He also made it known that he was deputy and also acted aggressively.

Not enough for an arrest but if a civilian acts "aggressively" they will be tazed to death or maybe just beaten and arrested, but they would be arrested. I know people who passed the test but were arrested any way, even after they blew sober on the balloon, simply because they questioned the officers attitude. Double standard is the order of the day.

7 posted on 06/25/2009 9:57:51 PM PDT by calex59
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To: greatdefender
His eyes were also glassy and he was also unsteady on his week.

Unsteady on his...huh? walk? feet? How do you make a typo like this, mumbling into a speech-to-text program?

8 posted on 06/25/2009 10:14:52 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Two Kids' Dad

“Maybe I’ll start pulling over cops and writing them tickets”

Let us know how that works out for you.


9 posted on 06/26/2009 12:07:22 AM PDT by Peter Horry (Never were abilities so much below mediocrity so well rewarded - John Randolph)
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