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Arapahoe County deputy guilty of DUI on duty

Deputy Jeffrey Vincent to be sentenced on two misdemeanor counts

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Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Vincent was found guilty of driving under the influence and of prohibited use of a weapon Jan. 12, a news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office said.

The incident occurred Jan. 3, 2017, when a deputy reported that he thought Vincent might be intoxicated on duty. Vincent's assignment that day was to transport inmates from jail to the courthouse.

A blood test administered about four hours later that day showed his blood-alcohol content was 0.081, above the legal limit for driving.

“No one starts drinking with the idea they are going to strap on a gun … but that's the problem with alcohol — it affects decision-making,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Sugioka told the jury during closing arguments, according to the release. “The defendant must be held accountable for that: This is a peace officer accused of being drunk on duty, carrying a weapon while drunk on duty and transporting an inmate while drunk on duty.”

Vincent, 45, will be sentenced on the misdemeanor counts Feb. 1.

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