Not even law enforcement personnel are immune from drunk driving charges.
In Lewis County, a sheriff deputy was accused of a suspected DUI over the weekend, reports KOMO News. Deputy Jeff Humphrey was reportedly driving near Chehalis around 3:00 a.m. when he was stopped by a Washington State Trooper.
The trooper conducted an investigation of Humphrey and then proceeded to arrest him. It was not reported what tipped off the state trooper to Humphrey or what tests, if any, that Humphrey failed. For example, the trooper may have noticed erratic driving or trouble staying in the lane by Humphrey. And after the stop, the trooper may have administered a field sobriety or blood alcohol test that Humphrey failed.
As the Lewis County deputy awaits to hear his criminal charges, he has already been placed on administrative leave and will undergo an internal investigation. He could potentially lose his job given the drunk driving arrest.
The arrest of this sheriff's deputy is a good reminder that anyone can be arrested for a DUI -- even those who are supposed to uphold the law. In addition, you remember that the penalties and repercussions for a DUI go much deeper than criminal monetary penalties or even jail time. For certain individuals like the sheriff deputy, they may also lose their employment.
If you have been accused of drunk driving in the Seattle or King County areas, you will want to work with an experienced attorney. The penalties for a DUI can be severe and you will not want to fight your fight alone. Contact an DUI defense attorney at Wolff Criminal Defense by calling 425-284-2000 to discuss the specifics of your case.