Law enforcement officials serve as examples for the community, which is one reason why local residents are especially unnerved – or even angered – when they are caught breaking the law, says Broward DUI attorney William Moore. That’s why area residents north of the tri-county Fort Lauderdale/Broward/Fort Lauderdale-Dade metro have up in arms about the recent arrest of a deputy of the Sheriff’s Office in St. Lucie County.
Consuela Hall Curtis, who is 49 years old, was arrested recently after an off-duty law enforcement officer spotter her vehicle weaving and otherwise engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer William Moore notes that failure to maintain a single lane is one of the most cited reasons by law enforcement agencies for conducting a traffic stop due to suspicion that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
At the time of the off-duty police officer called in the weaving sport utility vehicle, Curtis was in her personal vehicle and was not on official business for the Sheriff’s Office. Curtis reportedly attempted – and eventually failed – to properly park her SUV by backing it into a parking space. She made four attempts before eventually parking on the grass, according to the arrest affidavit.
Curtis, who resides in Port St. Lucie, told the deputy who arrested her – who must have been a co-worker – that she had consumed two beers when she went to the beach prior to getting behind the wheel. However, breath alcohol test readings calculated her BAC at 0.144 and 0.153 percent and she was booked for driving under the influence. The arresting deputy also noted that she stumbled from her SUV after her bad parking job. Prior to the DUI arrest, Curtis worked at the courthouse, providing security. She has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the DUI charge, but she continues to draw her salary.
Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore provides outstanding DUI defense in Broward, Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Lauderdale-Dade Counties. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer William Moore, P.A.
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