Off-duty Steamboat Springs sheriff's deputy arrested as DUI suspect after crash

Steamboat deputy arrested in DUI, crash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - An off-duty Steamboat Springs sheriff’s deputy was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he crashed his vehicle.

Undersheriff Ray Birch says Jesse Lee McAvoy was traveling on U.S. Highway 40 in the northwestern Colorado community of Milner when his personal vehicle slid on a patch of ice and crashed into a snow bank at about 4:20 a.m. Sunday. The deputy wasn't injured, and his vehicle wasn't damaged.

The Steamboat Today reports that the Colorado State Patrol arrested McAvoy on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

McAvoy was transported to the Routt County Jail. After receiving a summons to appear in court for his three misdemeanor charges, McAvoy was released, according to the newspaper.

Birch says a breath test showed that McAvoy's blood-alcohol content was 0.093 percent, just over the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

The deputy, who has been with the sheriff's office for about three years, was put on paid leave pending an administrative investigation.

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