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Off-duty Pasco sheriff’s deputy is fired after DUI arrest in Pinellas

The deputy refused to provide any breath samples to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
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Published Oct. 3, 2020
Updated Oct. 3, 2020

A Pasco County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday night on charges of driving under the influence, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Cameron Hokanson, 27, was off duty as he was speeding at 70 miles per hour along McMullen-Booth Road just before 7 p.m. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over and noticed a smell of alcohol and glassy eyes, according to the sheriff’s department.

Hokanson was asked to perform field sobriety tests and did poorly. Earlier, Hokanson had told the deputy he was coming back from the Dunedin Brewery but later said he did not have anything to drink.

Hokanson was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he refused to provide a breath sample to the deputies. He was charged with one count of driving under the influence.

He had been with the sheriff’s office since August 2016 and was fired Friday, said Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Benecia Holder.