Alachua Co. deputy arrested after DUI crash

Published: Dec. 26, 2016 at 1:37 PM EST
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By: Associated Press

December 26, 2016

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A sheriff's deputy in north Florida has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after witnesses say he left the scene of a car accident.

The Gainesville Sun reports that 27-year-old Alachua County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Clayton Sperring was arrested Friday.

Witnesses told police that Sperring was pulling out of a parking spot early Friday when he hit a vehicle twice before leaving the scene.

The newspaper says an arrest report stated that Sperring smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes, but he refused to take a breath test and to perform a sobriety field test.

Sperring has been a patrol deputy since 2014. The sheriff's office says Sperring is on administrative leave and an internal investigation has begun.