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Prison guard slapped wife, drove drunk, deputies say

WESLEY CHAPEL — Geoffrey Laurent Linder was already wanted on domestic battery charges when deputies pulled him over in the first few minutes of Saturday morning. After he staggered out of his Camaro, reeking of alcohol, reports state, the state correctional officer was charged with driving under the influence, too.

A few minutes earlier, Linder had confronted his ex-wife at the Quail Hollow Clubhouse over bringing their child into a bar, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The little girl clung to her mother.

Linder, 39, tried to pull his daughter away but she resisted. He slapped his ex-wife across the face then jumped in his car and fled, the report states.

Deputies caught up with Linder a few miles down the road in front of Wesley Chapel Honda. Deputies noticed classic signs of drunkenness on Linder, the report states: glassy eyes, slurred speech, swaying, boozy breath. His blood-alcohol level registered 0.144 in a Breathalyzer test. Florida law presumes a driver impaired at a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

When deputies asked Linder where he worked, he told them, "Nowhere now. I don't have a job after this."

Another report lists Linder as a correctional officer at Zephyrhills Correctional Institution.

He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and domestic battery. He has since been released after posting $150 bail.

Contact Alex Orlando at aorlando@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6247.

Prison guard slapped wife, drove drunk, deputies say 12/23/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 23, 2013 9:08pm]

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