Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Pasco jail deputy arrested on charge of DUI

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A corrections deputy at the Pasco County jail was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of DUI.

John James McClafferty, 37, was pulled over a few minutes before midnight, after a deputy saw him turn from U.S. 19 onto State Road 52, nearly heading into oncoming traffic, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

McClafferty had "a strong odor of alcohol" on his breath and "bloodshot and glassy" eyes, the report said. His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.072 and 0.067, just below the 0.08 threshold at which Florida law presumes impairment, but McClafferty failed the field sobriety tests, the report said. He told deputies he had four or five drinks.

McClafferty, who began working at the jail in 2007, was charged with DUI and released on bail. He is on unpaid leave until the charge is resolved.

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