A DUI conviction can have many consequences, including the loss of a person’s license, fines and fees, having to attend DUI school, and even jail time. In some cases, it can even affect your employment. Some employers screen for criminal backgrounds and even a misdemeanor DUI will show up. If you’re in the public service sector, such as police, fire department, certain state and county workers, as well as medical and legal professionals, a DUI can affect your licenses in these areas as well as your ability to work in these fields. The Daily News reports on a sheriff’s deputy who has been relieved of duty for being arrested on suspicion of DUI.
24-year-old Los Angeles Sheriff Department Deputy Nicholas Smith of Palmdale was arrested at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, who is investigating the crash, Smith was driving his 2014 Chevrolet Colorado north on 30th East Street. Smith’s vehicle veered to the right. His truck struck five parked vehicles.
No one was injured in the crash. Smith awaited the arrival of emergency crews. Smith was off-duty at the time of the accident and was arrested by CHP on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Palmdale Sheriff’s Department is allowing the CHP to conduct the investigation. Although they did not name Smith directly, they did confirm that he had been a deputy for about six months. They also said that he had been relieved of duty.