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Hillsborough County detention deputy arrested for possible DUI

Detention Deputy Leighton Ricketts, a four-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation.

RIVERVIEW — An off-duty Hillsborough County detention deputy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detention Deputy Leighton Cordell Ricketts, 32, was driving alone in his own vehicle when he was pulled over in a traffic stop just after 2 a.m. by the Winthrop Village shopping plaza, at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Watson Road.

Ricketts did not submit to a breathalyzer test at the scene and was arrested on probable cause, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was released from jail on a $500 cash bond at about 4:45 a.m., records show.

Ricketts has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since December 2015. He will now be placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the results of an internal affairs investigation.

In an emailed statement, Sheriff Chad Chronister called the arrest an isolated incident.

“As law enforcement officers we are held to a higher standard of conduct, both on and off duty, and our Sheriff’s Office employees, both civilian and sworn, work every day to maintain that level of integrity,” Chronister said.

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