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Pinellas County Sheriff's Office employee fired after charged with DUI

Posted at 10:20 AM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 10:20:44-05

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office employee was fired after officials say she was charged with a DUI Saturday night.

Officials said they responded to a two-vehicle crash at Tampa Road and Washington Avenue.

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Deputies said 54-year-old Lorraine Daly was traveling westbound on Tampa Road when she swerved to avoid a crash, crossed over a cement median and into oncoming traffic.

A second vehicle, traveling eastbound on Tampa Road, sideswiped the passenger side of Daly's vehicle to avoid a head-on collision.

Deputies said there were no injuries sustained in the crash, but there was damage to both vehicles.

Daly showed signs of impairment by having bloodshot and glassy eyes, unsteady balance, with a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath. She agreed to perform field sobriety tests, but performed poorly on them.

Deputies say Daly submitted a breath sample which indicated she had a BrAC of .238/.243.

She was arrested and charged with one count of driving under the influence with property damage. She was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Daly was hired by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 3, 1988. She worked as a senior administrative assistant at the Sheriff's Office North District Station, located in Dunedin.

Her employment was immediately terminated following the arrest, which is consistent with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office policy.