BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County sheriff's Deputy David Feger has been issued a summons on a charge of driving under the influence, and Sheriff Al Nienhuis has placed Feger on administrative leave without pay.
The summons stems from an April incident in which another motorist called 911 to report that Feger was driving erratically, Col. Michael Maurer said at the time. The motorist followed Feger, 35, to his Spring Hill home and saw him leave his personal vehicle and enter the house.
Deputies arrived shortly after and interviewed Feger, but could not ask him to submit to sobriety field tests because they did not see him driving.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black deferred questions to the State Attorney's Office about why Feger was issued a summons rather than being arrested.
Assistant State Attorney Donald McCathran said Feger was issued a summons for DUI based on the statements of witnesses who recalled seeing Feger leave a bar impaired and driving erratically.
McCathran said it was unusual, but not unheard of, for suspects in DUI cases to be issued a summons in lieu of an arrest. He said he signed off on the summons because he does not expect Feger to miss his hearing.
Feger had been given a letter of reprimand in early 2009 and was required to submit to random drug screenings after an internal investigation determined that he had reported for duty one morning within eight hours of drinking alcohol.
Feger said he had drunk a third of a bottle of whiskey and passed out between midnight and 1 a.m., according to a report.