Police officer Zachary Taylor was arrested after several people called to report bad driving in a tagged car. His blood alcohol content “far exceeded” the limit, said JSO.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla – A Jacksonville sheriff officer faces DUI charges and must be suspended from his job as an officer in an emergency, according to JSO.
Zachary Taylor, a three and a half year veteran in the sheriff’s office, was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of first degree misdemeanor for DUI. Several people called 911 to report bad driving by a police officer in a flagged patrol car, Sub-Sheriff Pat Ivey said at a press conference announcing the arrest.
Taylor’s vehicle reportedly encountered several construction cones near the TIAA Bank Field, Ivey said. The reports quickly went through the JSO communications center to the Integrity Special Investigations Unit, which responded to the scene and found Taylor showing signs of alcohol and / or drug abuse, Ivey said.
Taylor made a statement to investigators alluding to activities from “the night before,” Ivey said.
Taylor’s blood alcohol level “well exceeded” the legal limit of 0.08, Ivey said, which means it was well above the sheriff’s limit of 0.000.
“That means you have absolutely no alcohol in your system when you operate a JSO vehicle,” said Ivey.
As a result, Taylor faces an administrative process, including an emergency suspension from his job. JSO will also move to terminate him “as soon as the time is appropriate,” said Ivey.
Ivey said the courts must determine whether increased fees are reasonable given that the vehicle Taylor drove was a public safety vehicle.
JSO receives hundreds to thousands of complaints about police officers each year, Ivey said. Each of them will be investigated and JSO will keep track of the numbers of how many of them are upheld and leading to disciplinary action. Anyone who sees misconduct by an officer can file a complaint anonymously.
The arrest marks the third time a JSO officer has been arrested in 2021. Eleven JSO employees were arrested last year.
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