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Hernando Deputy Investigated for DUI
David Feger of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is being investigated on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday morning. According to media reports, two women notice a vehicle swerving off the road and decided to follow it. They called 911 as they stayed behind the vehicle, tracking its movements. They were still on the phone with the 911 operator when Feger pulled into his own driveway.
The women claim that he stumbled out of his car and noticed them. They noticed his sheriff’s department patrol vehicle parked in the driveway. Feger was off-duty at the time, returning home from a bar.
Law enforcement responded to the scene but not until Feger was already inside his home. The State Attorney’s Office is investigating and will make a charging decision shortly. Despite the fact that no police officer saw Feger behind the wheel of his car, he can still be prosecuted for DUI. The two women who followed him home would be required to give detailed testimony about their observations in order for the state to have a good case.
Feger is on paid suspension because he is being investigated for suspicion of DUI. He is a nine-year veteran of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He has apparently been disciplined once before for suspicion of alcohol abuse.
In December 2008, he was sent home after three of his supervisors smelled “stale alcohol and cigarettes” on him an hour or so after he reported to work, according to the sheriff’s office.