Florida Cop Quits After Getting DUI

Florida Cop Quits After Getting DUI

Pinellas Park, Florida police officer Matthew Patsch resigned after he was charged with a DUI and allegedly caused damage to another vehicle on October 11. Patsch was placed on “administrative leave with pay immediately.”

Last Thursday at approximately 9:45 p.m., police officials received a call that there had been a car crash on Seventh Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Police officials stated that Patsch was drunk driving when he rear-ended a vehicle. A St. Petersburg man told police that “he was stopped at a light when a vehicle driven by Patsch hit his Toyota Tundra…Patsch told everyone at the scene he was a police officer, but denied that he’d been drinking.”

Police investigation reports showed that Patsch’s blood alcohol level was .189 and .192, which is twice the legal drinking limit in Florida. The crash that Patsch was responsible for caused damages of about $500 to his Jeep and about $1000 to the Toyota. He was taken to Pinellas County jail, but was released on a $500 bail. Patsch is summoned for a court hearing on November 12.

If you or someone you know has been drunk driving, contact a skilled DUI Florida attorney to help fight for your case.

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