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Georgia sheriff's deputy resigns after DUI arrest

A Georgia sheriff's deputy announced last week that he is resigning from his position after he was arrested on DUI charges. The Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy was arrested Dec. 8 after he was involved in a three-car crash.

Whether an individual is guilty of driving under the influence or not, a DUI arrest can certainly be embarrassing and damaging to one's career or future job opportunities. In addition to tainting one's reputation, some other immediate consequences of an arrest in Georgia could be the suspension of one's driver's license or professional license.

The accident the officer was involved in occurred last week in Loganville on Georgia Highway 10. According to reports, the sheriff's deputy was driving a 2006 Ford F150 truck that belonged to his department. It was reported that the man was allegedly driving too close to a 2004 Toyota Highlander when he suddenly rear-ended the vehicle.

The force of the collision then caused the Highlander to rear-end a 2005 Ford Focus. No one was hospitalized in the crash, but the driver of the Highlander did report minor injuries. The crash occurred shortly after 12:00 p.m.

According to reports, a Georgia State Patrol officer who had been investigating the crash suspected the 50-year-old Watkinsville man of driving under the influence of a prescription medication. A blood sample was taken from the sheriff's deputy. The results of the man's blood test were still pending at the time of his resignation on Dec. 9. The man had worked at the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department since 2008 as a deputy.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Gwinnett deputy charged with DUI," Andria Simmons, Dec. 9, 2011