A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned from duty after he was arrested and charged with drunk driving in Indian River County. According to media reports, the resignation was revealed in an administrative investigation report issued on May 17.

On May 11, the man was reportedly hauling a boat with his black Toyota pickup truck on northbound 66th Avenue near 37th Street around 11 p.m. when he was pulled over by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officers for reckless driving. The officers claimed they observed his vehicle failing to maintain a lane, swerving into oncoming traffic and veering off the road.

During the traffic stop, officers had the deputy, who is a resident of Vero Beach, perform a series of field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed. According to the investigation report, the officers did not know he worked in law enforcement. He was arrested and taken to Indian River County Jail for processing. He then resigned from his job before an internal affairs investigation could be completed. The investigation determined that he had a blood alcohol content limit of .106, which is above Florida's .08 legal limit.

Individuals convicted of drunk driving can face several harsh consequences in Florida, including jail time, steep fines and a driver's license suspension. Some drivers are also required to install an expensive ignition interlock device in their vehicle. However, a criminal defense attorney could help some DUI defendants fight the charges, avoid conviction and protect their future. For example, in some cases, it may be possible to successfully challenge the results of field sobriety or blood alcohol content tests, which could cause the case to be dropped. In other cases, the attorney might be able to arrange a plea deal that reduces the charges, which could also lower the penalties.

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