Palm Harbor Firefighter Accused of DUI
Pinellas sheriff’s deputies said he showed signs of impairment by having bloodshot, glassy eyes and a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth.
PALM HARBOR – An off-duty Palm Harbor firefighter has been arrested after he was pulled over for going too fast and sloppy driving, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jonathan Walker, 28, was charged with one count of driving under the influence. He works for Palm Harbor Fire Rescue.
Palm Harbor Fire Rescue issued this statement: “Palm Harbor Fire Rescue’s administration is still gathering information and will conduct a full investigation. No further information will be available at this time as it is under investigation.”
Officials said that, about 11:07 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 17), deputies saw a 2011 Dodge Ram on U.S. 19 N, just south of Klosterman Road, that appeared to be speeding. Once deputies were behind the vehicle, it was determined the Dodge was traveling about 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Deputies said they also saw the Dodge drifting into other lanes and almost striking a passing vehicle.
Deputies stopped the Dodge, which Walker was driving. Deputies said they could smell the distinct odor of alcoholic beverage coming from inside the Dodge.
Deputies said Walker showed signs of impairment by having bloodshot, glassy eyes and a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth. Walker agreed to perform Field Sobriety Tests, but performed poorly on them.
Walker submitted a breath sample that indicated he had a BrAC of 0.227/0.221.
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