Deputy Charged with DUI After Crashing During Late-Night McDonald’s Run

According to authorities, a police deputy in Florida has been charged with DUI after crashing into two poles in a McDonald’s parking lot.

Jose Cruz, a 31-year-old detention deputy for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested after the crash during an obvious fast food run to the Highway South eatery in Riverview around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Deputies found Cruz’s 2011 Ford Ranger stuck on a concrete median after he hit two cement poles in the parking lot. According to the sheriff officials, Cruz was then asked to perform few field sobriety tests, during which “impairment was observed.”

Cruz at that point provided two breath samples, showing blood-alcohol content levels of .189 and .196, respectively which is more than double the legal limit to drive. He was later taken into custody on charges of driving under the influence and driving under the influence with property damage, according to reports.

“We remain committed to doing whatever it takes to keep our roadways safe from impaired operators,” sheriff officials said in a statement.

Cruz, who has been employed by the department for three years, has been suspended without pay pending an internal investigation.

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