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Florida Police Officer Arrested for Driving Drunk in His Patrol Car

With each passing year we are seeing more arrests of law enforcement officers charged with driving under the influence. Having been a former prosecutor over a decade ago, I can tell you with absolute certainty that most people involved in law enforcement from desk clerks all the way up to assistant state attorneys are given a warning 99% of the time when stopped for DUI. Nonetheless, there still is a breach of the fraternal order every so often and arrests of one’s own are, in fact, made on occasion. The most recent incident involved Fort Lauderdale-Dade police officer Jeffrey Jasnish. A police officer since 1983, Jasnish was discovered swerving across lanes of traffic in his patrol car and stopped under suspicion of DUI. The results of his breath test, according to the Intoxilyzer 8000, revealed that he was three times the legal limit in Florida. It is uncertain at this time what disciplinary action, if any, will be taken against officer Jasnish.

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