MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miramar Police Officer has been suspended with pay following his arrest over the weekend on DUI charges in the Florida Keys.
A Monroe Sheriff’s Office deputy says he received reports of a black Ford F-150 swerving in Layton at around 7 p.m. on Sunday.READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
Police identified Damaso Espiritusanto, 40, as behind the wheel of the truck.
The arresting officer says he observed Espiritusanto’s vehicle traveling southbound on US 1 entering the City of Layton.
“The vehicle matched the description given to me by Monroe Counties Central dispatch as a reckless driver. Another driver traveling on US 1 called 911 and stated how the Ford truck could not maintain its lane. I got behind the truck at approximately the 69 mile marker. I noticed the Ford truck swerving to the right crossing the
solid white fog line multiple times.”
The arresting officer wrote on his report: “While speaking with Damaso at his vehicle, I could smell a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside of the vehicle. Damaso’s eyes were bloodshot, watery, and glassy. Damaso had trouble finding his wallet/drivers license. While looking for his driver’s license he fumbled a few items in his hand. I asked Damaso if he had anything to drink and he stated he had not.”
Espiritusanto would later fail a DUI test, according to the arresting officer.
Espiritusanto was then placed in custody for DUI and transported him to the Plantation Key DUI room.
Police say they attempted to collect a sample of Espiritusanto’s breath but he refused to provide them with a sample.MORE NEWS: COVID In Florida: 3,977 New Cases, 66 Additional Deaths Reported Saturday
Espiritusanto has been suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.