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Deputy charged with DUI after crash

DUNEDIN — A Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy was arrested on a drunken driving charge after authorities say he crashed his car early Tuesday.

Deputy Wade Nordby, 41, was off duty when he crashed his personal vehicle about 2:20 a.m. near Alt. U.S. 19 and Duchess Boulevard, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.

Nordby hit a concrete barrier set up along northbound Alt. U.S. 19 near construction, officials said. The car rolled onto its roof.

Dunedin Fire Rescue and other deputies responded. A passenger sustained minor injuries, officials said.

On an arrest affidavit, deputies noted that Nordby had watery red eyes, was swaying and staggering and had a strong scent of alcohol on his breath.

His blood alcohol level tested as high as 0.166, the according to the affidavit. In Florida, a driver is presumed to be impaired at a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

Nordby was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and released after posting $250 bail, records show. He also got a citation for careless driving.

Nordby was hired in October 2006. He works the day shift as a patrol deputy in the north district. An internal investigation will take place, Pasha said.

Deputy charged with DUI after crash 02/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 6:29pm]

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