Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeffery Vincent was found guilty last week of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon.
Vincent, 45, will be sentenced on the misdemeanor counts Feb. 1.
The incident occurred Jan. 3, 2017 when a fellow deputy reported that he suspected Vincent was intoxicated on duty. Vincent’s assignment that day was to transport inmates from the jail to the courthouse.
A blood test administered about four hours later showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.081.
“No one starts drinking with the idea they are going to strap on a gun … but that’s the problem with alcohol. It affects decision making,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Sugioka told the jury during closing arguments. “The defendant must be held accountable for that. This is a peace officer accused of being drunk on duty, carrying a weapon while drunk on duty and transporting an inmate while drunk on duty.”
District Attorney George Brauchler followed the case closely.
“I want to praise the integrity that the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office showed in reporting and investigating their own,” Brauchler said. “This is what we expect from our law enforcement partners.”
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