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Manatee Deputy Resigns After DUI Arrest in Tampa

After being arrested in Tampa, Florida, manatee County sheriffs corrections deputy decided that it was time to resign from his position. An internal investigation was completed by the Office of Professional Standards and afterwards Cecil Jones, 52, turned his resignation as a response at the end of last month. He was arrested on February 15 after striking another car in a parking lot, though the damages were very insignificant and added up to only about $100.

At the time of Jones arrest, the police reported that his eyes were very red, he smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his balance coordination was poor. The arresting police officer read Deputy Jones his Miranda Rights as procedure calls for it, and he admitted to consuming 2 beers before heading on the road that Valentine's Day night. The officers then conducted a field sobriety test and found his blood alcohol content level to be well over the legal limit at .117.

That night he posted a $500 bond in jail after the arrest, and the Captain of his department said that they would be conducting an internal investigation. His resignation was a result of hearing word of the conclusion from the investigation that claims his actions were unbecoming of a deputy of the law. According to police reports he sheriff of the town has been very serious about DUI's within team members and has taken action in order to stop this from happening again.

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