A little more than two weeks after a Flagler County sheriff’s deputy placed a Flagler Beach police officer under arrest for drunk driving, a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s deputy was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Florida Highway Patrol on a drunk driving charge in connection with a traffic accident that occurred in December.
Diego Morales, 31, was booked into the Flagler County jail with an additional charge of driving with bodily injury. (An earlier version of this story, based on sheriff’s office information, had noted a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injury. The sheriff’s office has since corrected that error in a subsequent release.)
Morales also was cited for careless driving. He was booked into the jail shortly after 4 p.m. He was released after posting $500 bail on the two charges.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the deputy’s conduct. This is an FHP case, so we will not be commenting further on the incident,” said Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming.
Morales, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office since September 2002, is on paid administrative leave. An internal affairs investigation also will be completed.
On March 12, a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy arrested Flagler Beach Patrolman Brett Smith, 31, when the officer was found passed out in a vehicle in Daytona North.