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Hernando deputy arrested on DUI charge

Published Jan. 15, 2014

BROOKSVILLE — A Hernando County sheriff's deputy was arrested Sunday and charged with driving under the influence, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Deputy Joseph Michael Tibor, 45, flashed his badge when patrol Cpl. David Frye pulled over the white Mercedes sedan Tibor was driving on State Road 50 west of Brooksville about 9 p.m., an arrest report states.

Frye had clocked the Mercedes at 85 mph in a 55-mph zone. Tibor passed over his license in his wallet three times before a female passenger grabbed the wallet, took out the license and gave it to Frye.

According to the report, Tibor initially denied drinking alcohol, but when Frye said he smelled an odor of alcohol on Tibor's breath and noted his glassy, bloodshot eyes, Tibor said, "Okay, well, I had maybe five drinks earlier."

Tibor was unsteady on his feet and failed sobriety exercises, the report states. Tibor was placed under arrest for DUI and refused to give a breath sample at the Hernando County Detention Center.

A sheriff's spokeswoman said Tibor has been placed on paid administrative leave but did not have additional details Tuesday.