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Orange sheriff’s sergeant arrested on DUI charge

Orange sheriff’s sergeant arrested on DUI charge

An off-duty Orange County sheriff’s sergeant was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI charge late Sunday after he hit the rear of a moving car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Sgt. Kevin Meyer, 50, was in uniform and driving an unmarked law-enforcement pickup with emergency lights on, a trooper said.

Meyer was driving south on County Road 535 about 9 p.m. when he struck the car, which was slowing to let him pass, investigators said. The force pushed the car into the northbound lanes.

A state trooper wrote that Meyer was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol. He failed one field-sobriety test and would not take any further tests, according to the report.

In newly released dash cam video a state trooper explains to Meyer that he is conducting the sobriety tests because of the “alcohol smelling on your breath” which was “very prominent once you got into the car.”

The driver told investigators Meyer made “odd statements,” including asking her to activate her four-way flashers, which already were on, and unlock her door, which already was unlocked, the report states.

The 23-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office was arrested at 11:15 p.m. He said he had been on his way to an off-duty job at Walt Disney World, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Inside Meyer’s car, the trooper found a plastic Powerade bottle with a pink liquid inside that smelled like alcohol, the report states.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab will analyze the contents.

Meyer was reassigned to desk duty while criminal and internal investigations are conducted.

No one was seriously hurt.