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St. Petersburg police officer arrested on DUI charge

ST. PETERSBURG — A city police officer has been placed on administrative duty after she was accused of driving under the influence over the weekend.

Jenna Price, 26, was off duty and in her personal vehicle when a Pinellas deputy arrested her Sunday morning near St. Petersburg.

Sgt. Dave Disano, a spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, said authorities were called at about 3:45 a.m. to the intersection of 54th Avenue N and 66th Street.

"We were called out because she was stopped at a red light and not going anywhere," Disano said. "It cycled a few times and a citizen called us to the scene."

The deputy found Price passed out, Disano said.

She refused field sobriety tests, but her blood alcohol content level was recorded at 0.185 and 0.173 percent, Disano said.

Florida law presumes a driver is impaired when his or her alcohol level is above .08 percent

Price has been an officer since 2007. She is currently assigned to the county's Violent Crimes Task Force, a joint operation between St. Petersburg Police and the Sheriff's Office.

St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said Price will be taken off street duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Price was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released on her own recognizance on Sunday.

Records show she is due in court on the misdemeanor offense Nov. 9.

Puetz said Price has three incidents in her file.

In December 2007, while still in training, Price got a written notice for failing a test.

She was suspended for one day in June 2008 for failing to turn in reports, and was in a preventable accident in August 2010, Puetz said.

St. Petersburg police officer arrested on DUI charge 10/15/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 12:08am]
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