More toxicology needed for investigation of sheriff's deputy


Bellevue Police have requested more toxicology screening for a King County Sheriff's deputy who was arrested in Newcastle after being reported slumped over the wheel of his patrol car on New Year's Eve.

The 46-year-old deputy was reported "passed out at the wheel" of his patrol car while on duty by a passerby who was unable to rouse the law enforcement officer. A trained drug recognition expert was called out and determined the deputy was impaired by something other than alcohol. A blood draw was conducted at the time of the deputy's arrest for physical control of a motor vehicle. He was released later that night and placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of an administrative investigation.

Results of the initial screening were expected to be concluded by the end of February, but further screening will likely push that timeline for several more weeks, according to police.

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