Deputy cited on suspicion of drunken driving

A Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy remains on “restricted duty” in the wake of his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in March.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Scott Smith is one of three deputies whose off-duty behavior is the subject of an internal investigation. Smith was arrested March 19 as the driver of a 2008 Jeep that was pulled over by the Colorado State Patrol in Clifton.

Benjamin would not define “restricted duty.”

Trooper Nate Reid said Smith’s Jeep went past a stop sign near E 1/2 and 32 roads without stopping and continued onto Interstate 70 Business Loop.

Reid said he stopped the vehicle around 2 a.m. and that there were other occupants inside the Jeep, although they were not identified in a report.

Smith elected to have his blood drawn for a chemical test to determine level of intoxication.

Under Colorado’s express consent law, drivers can undergo a breath test or agree to submit samples of blood toward that determination, Reid noted.

Smith was issued a summons on suspicion of misdemeanor driving while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs, as well as failure to obey a traffic control device, a traffic infraction. He was released to a sober driver later that morning, Reid said.

The results of Smith’s blood test remain unknown, he said.

“Generally, they take a couple weeks, depending on the case load,” Reid said of timing of returned tests.

Smith has been assigned to the Mesa County Jail as a detention deputy, Benjamin said.

“Because it is under investigation, we will not be commenting further about it,” she said in an email.


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