A Jupiter, Florida cop was arrested and charged with DUI while operating his marked police car. According to MySuncoast.com this is the second DUI arrest for Jeffrey Sprauer. The 54-year-old police officer ran his patrol car into the curb in the parking lot out in front of the police department. Sprauer was placed on administrative leave following the arrest.
According to reports released following the Florida DUI arrest, Sprauer failed field sobriety tests according to the arresting officer but there was no alcohol detected in his system as he voluntarily submitted to breath tests. There is no indication in the Internet report in Sprauer’s case, but usually those facts would indicate to police driving under the influence of drugs.
The incident that spurned the DUI arrest took place just after 7:30 a.m. Police officers received a call about Sprauer driving off the road on Old Dixie Highway on his way to the police department. Once he reached his destination he ran his patrol car onto a curb with his passenger side tires. When he emerged from his patrol car police reported that Sprauer was using a wall to brace himself due to the fact he was unsteady on his feet.
This is not the first DUI arrest for Sprauer. MySuncoast.com reported that the police officer was arrested in December of 2006 on suspicion of drunk driving charges. He was fired in May of 2007 due to that arrest. Less than a year later Sprauer was reinstated to the police force when an independent arbitrator ruled that there was no clear evidence that the police officer was drunk at the time of his arrest. He was never officially charged with DUI following that stop. He later filed an unsuccessful lawsuit suing Jupiter and Stuart, Florida.
The Palm Beach Post contacted the criminal defense attorney representing Sprauer but his lawyer said he was unable to comment before reviewing the facts in the case.