Officer has left Sheriff’s Department after citation

Deputy stopped by trooper in March

A Mesa County deputy on paid leave after an alcohol-related traffic stop is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Department, spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said Monday.

The department did not specify whether Scott Smith, 39, was fired or resigned May 12. He had been on paid administrative leave since April 13.

Smith initially was restricted from driving while on the job after being issued a summons on suspicion of driving while ability impaired. The incident occurred while he was off duty on March 19.

Smith was driving a Jeep that was stopped around 2 a.m. by a Colorado State Patrol trooper who said he observed the vehicle go past stop sign near E 1/2 Road and 32 Road without stopping and continue onto Interstate 70 Business Loop.

Although the State Patrol has not specified results of a blood-alcohol test, it has said Smith’s blood-alcohol level was higher than 0.08 percent, Colorado’s legal standard for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Smith was one of three deputies whose off-duty behavior was investigated internally after the incident.


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