Pinellas Sheriff’s Detective Accused of DUI, Loses Job
He was drunk when he drove to a murder scene in an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle, Pinellas deputies said.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A Pinellas sheriff’s homicide detective has been fired after he was accused of drunken driving, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
George D. Moffett Jr., 48, of Riverview, was charged with one count of Driving under the Influence. Deputies said he admitted drinking before coming to the scene. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and submitted to a breath sample that indicated he had a BrAC of 0.129/0.134, which is well over the legal limit of 0.08.
Moffett was convicted of DUI in October 1995, 11 years before he was hired March 20, 2006, by the Pinellas sheriff. Consistent with PCSO policy regarding members arrested for DUI, Moffett’s employment was immediately terminated after his arrest.
Deputies said they were called to a shooting at 10610 Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg about 10:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 3). The victim was pronounced deceased and patrol deputies requested homicide detectives respond to the scene.
Moffett, a member of the homicide unit, was off duty but came to the scene from his home in Riverview in an unmarked PCSO vehicle.
Patrol deputies said that, when Moffett got out of the car, he appeared under the influence of alcohol. Moffett had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.
Because Moffett appeared impaired by alcohol, deputies began a DUI investigation and Moffett admitted that he had consumed several alcoholic beverages (Crown Royal liquor) before responding to the homicide scene.
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