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JSO deputy arrested for DUI, again

6:05 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A deputy with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is facing multiple charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to a police report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, 40-year-old Diana Laura Jones, allegedly struck five cars with her grey Toyota Tundra pick-up while driving under the influence around 8:35 p.m. Tuesday night.

"I'm really thankful that nobody got hurt," JSO Undersheriff, Dwain Senterfitt said. 

In a Wednesday morning news briefing by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Senterfitt, it was explained that this is not the first offense of this kind for Jones. Jones was involved in a DUI related crash in March of 2006, Senterfitt detailed, which was investigated by Florida Highway Patrol. Jones plead guilty to the charges in 2006 and was given a 20-day suspension.

In 2011 a citizen called in about a patrol car driving recklessly, according to Senterfitt. The citizen took video of the incident with his cell phone and as a result of the video Jones was charged administratively by JSO following an investigation for misconduct. 

Jones was terminated but took the case to arbitration.

"Apparently, I didn't do a good enough job convincing the arbitrator of the facts of that case," Senterfitt quipped. 

As a result was reinstated at JSO.

"They can make me reinstate her as a police officer, but they can't tell me where she works," he added.

 Jones was reassigned to "Teleserve," a department responsible for taking reports over the phone, Senterfitt said.

"I can tell you without a whole lot of hesitation for the nest 2 years, one month and about 20 or however long I have left to work here, that's where she would've been," he said.

As a JSO employee in the Teleserve department, Jones was not provided with a uniform or patrol car.

"If the charges are proven out in this case, I'm gonna terminate her again," Senterfitt explained.

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