Hernando crossing guard loses job after blowing .180 on breathalyzer, deputies say

A Hernando school crossing guard is out of a job after a deputy smelled alcohol on his breath, according to a sheriff's statement.

Miguel Esteban was assigned to a post near Spring Hill Elementary School.

Around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy was told that Esteban may have shown up for duty after drinking.

The deputy located Esteban and "immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Esteban's breath as he spoke."

"I had one earlier," Esteban, referring to vodka, told the deputy, who pointed out that the odor of alcohol was especially strong.  Esteban then said he actually had two mixed drinks.

Another crossing guard was called in and Esteban was taken to a nearby facility where he registered .180 and .09, about 15 minutes later, on a breathalyzer.

After hearing the results, Esteban "advised that he may have consumed more drinks than he originally thought."

He then said he felt it best to resign as a school guard with the sheriff's office.

Esteban was taken to his home where the deputy removed all of his uniforms, equipment, and Hernando County Sheriff's Office identification. Family members were contacted to retrieve his vehicle.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis called the incident "very disappointing" and that crossing guards are typically some of the most dedicated individuals I have met."  

The statement went on to say "because Mr. Esteban was compelled, as an on-duty employee of the Sheriff's Office, to submit to a blood alcohol test, the results are not admissible in criminal court.  Therefore, Mr. Esteban was not charged with driving a vehicle while being above the legal limit of .08."

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