Orange County deputy arrested on DUI charge after crash
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
An Orange County deputy has been relieved of his law enforcement duties and reassigned to administrative work after an arrest by the Florida Highway Patrol for driving under the influence.
FHP troopers responded to a two-car crash late Sunday on County Road 535 in Winter Garden. A vehicle had hit another from behind, forcing the front car into the median.
Upon their arrival, they discovered that one of the drivers involved in the crash was Sgt. Kevin Meyer, a 22-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office.
Troopers said Meyer was driving an unmarked patrol vehicle. An arrest report states he had his emergency lights on and was in uniform.
According to troopers, Meyer was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, his eyes bloodshot and his breath smelled like alcohol. They determined Meyer was the driver at fault and conducted a field sobriety test, which they said he refused to complete. They also said he refused a Breathalyzer test. At that point, Meyer was arrested.
Meyer told authorities he was trying to reach for something in his glove compartment when the crash occurred.
Meyer will remain on administrative duties pending the outcome of the FHP charges as well as an internal investigation by Orange County Professional Standards.
Meyer has been employed with the Orange County Sheriff's Office since May 14, 1990.