Of anyone that could be accused of DUI, there are some people that you would not want to face these kinds of charges. Yet, law enforcement officers, paramedics, and fire fighters are all humans. They make human mistakes.
In Santa Clara County, California, a sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. The arrest came after a call that a Jack-In-The-Box employee was engaged in a confrontation with a drive-thru customer. Allegedly, the customer, identified as Benjamin Lee, brandished a firearm at the employee.
The Santa Clara Police Department responded to a call at about 2:40 am to the Jack-In-The-Box location at 911 El Camino Real. Police charged Lee with brandishing a firearm and driving under the influence. It is unclear exactly what the altercation was about.
The sheriff’s deputy was booked into the Santa Clara County main jail and was later released. He has been placed on administrative leave from his position with the sheriff’s office. In addition to the criminal investigation being conducted by the Santa Clara Police Department, the sheriff’s office will be conducting its own internal investigation.
This is not the first time that the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has come under scrutiny. A recent report was published showing that 22 correctional officers were terminated and another 27 have been suspended in the past 6 years. Inmates at the jail have filed 300 plus excessive force complaints against the correctional officers.
If you or someone you know has been charged with DUI, it is important to hire an attorney to represent you. Our attorneys are all experienced in DUI defense. Contact us today.