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Michael Szeliga was to receive an award at a conference, so the Pinellas County, Fla., sheriff’s deputy packed his luggage into his patrol car and headed to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving event in Fort Lauderdale. He attended some training on DUI enforcement, but quickly left: he’d arrested more than 100 people for DUI, but he was leaving that unit. He did try to go to the banquet to pick up the award, but was “staggeringly drunk,” one witness said; Szeliga had brought a bottle of whiskey in his luggage. Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent concluded he was “wasted” and found his boss, who sent him back to his room. Szeliga served a one-day paid suspension and was ordered to apologize for addressing Vincent disrespectfully. He is still a deputy — and now a detective in the unit responsible for investigating crimes against children. (AC/WFLA Tampa) ...I don’t want to see what he brings with him when he gets an award for that.
Original Publication Date: 15 November 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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