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Hillsborough sheriff’s deputy arrested on DUI charge in Tampa

Deputy Attila Tapolyai provided a breath sample that put his blood alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit, deputies said.
 
A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested on a DUI charge after a traffic stop in Tampa late Thursday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested on a DUI charge after a traffic stop in Tampa late Thursday, according to the Sheriff's Office. [ Times ]
Published Feb. 10, 2023|Updated Feb. 10, 2023

A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested on a DUI charge after he was stopped by a Tampa police officer late Thursday night, deputies said.

Tampa police arrested Deputy Attila Tapolyai, 29, after a Tampa police officer stopped him at about 11:56 p.m., according to a news release issued by the Sheriff’s Office on Friday. The officer observed Tapolyai’s vehicle speeding, failing to stay in a single lane and striking a curb.

Tapolyai was taken into custody and he provided a breath sample that showed his blood alcohol was .177, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

Tapolyai has been a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office for five years and is assigned to the Department of Patrol Services. He has been placed on administrative leave without pay while an internal affairs investigation is underway.

“It’s upsetting that one of our own deputies made the poor decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “He endangered his life, the lives of others, and betrayed the oath he made to serve and protect. He’ll now face the consequences of his decision.”