BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The authorities declared that a Florida sheriff’s first lieutenant was taken into custody for allegedly driving under the influence. The Florida police officer was working with the department’s Public Records Processing Unit since 1998 and had no disciplinary record.
Florida Police Officer Had Bloodshot Eyes and Honked Continuously
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday morning, a 911 caller reported that a driver was honking incessantly in front of his Largo home and that he appeared to be driving in reverse for no apparent reason.
When the authorities arrived, they’ve identified the driver as41-year-old Christi Ruhtz, a Sheriff’s first lieutenant.
According to the arresting officer, upon discovery, Ruhtz appeared to be confused and had bloodshot eyes. She failed the sobriety test with flying colors. The field alcohol test indicated 0.14, the limit being 0.08.
Ruhtz was arrested and charged with DUI. Following the woman’s arrest, her contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department was terminated. The former Florida police officer has been with the force since December 1998 when she was hired to work in the Public Records Processing Unit.
At the moment, the authorities are trying to determine what Ruhtz was doing in the vehicle and, most importantly, why she felt the need to drive in reverse and honk at the same time.
When confronted with the incident, the former Florida police office offered no motive regarding her odd behavior.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Ruhtz, who was recently made first lieutenant, had no disciplinary record.
Following the arrest, Ruhtz was brought to the hospital to determine if she consumed other substances besides alcohol.
The county’s sheriff declared that Ruhtz’s arrest was part of a larger police action aimed to root out drivers who consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel. During the said action, twelve individuals were taken into custody.
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