Former Polk County deputy arrested for off-duty DUI – CBS Tampa

POLK COUNTY, Florida (CW44 News 10 a.m.) – A deputy at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for driving while under the influence Saturday night, October 30, 2021 and is no longer employed by the agency – he resigned after that he was arrested.

26-year-old Josiah Perry was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol / drugs (M2) and DUI with property damage (M1). He has since been released from prison ($ 500 bail per charge).

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Perry initially told the deputies that someone else had been driving, but later admitted he was the driver.

“Perry has lost my trust and faith, as well as society’s. He can no longer serve as a law enforcement officer because of his behavior and untruths,” said Grady Judd, sheriff.

The arrest was the result of a single-vehicle accident on K-Ville Avenue near Pinter Road in the K-Ville area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAuburndale around 8.15pm.

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Perry had been driving a silver-colored 2017 Ford Explorer when it drove off the road and overturned. He was unharmed.

In the arrest warrant, it was noted by the respondent deputy that Perry’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery, and that Perry admitted that he had recently ingested a glass of vodka and cranberry juice.

A field sobriety test was performed and it was determined that Perry was weakened by drugs and / or alcohol and was arrested.

At the Sheriff’s Processing Center, Perry provided two breath samples of 0.128 g / 210L and 0.129g / 210L (alcoholic strength of the breath). The legal limit is 0.08g / 210L.

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Josiah Perry was hired by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on July 23, 2019. He resigned from the PCSO with effect immediately after his arrest. Had he not resigned, he would have been fired.

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