An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to a year of probation Thursday after he was found guilty of driving under the influence and prohibited use of a weapon while on duty.
About 7 a.m. Jan. 3, Jeffery Vincent, 45, drove an inmate from the jail to the courthouse. About an hour later, a fellow deputy was talking to Vincent and smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed other indications that the deputy was drunk.
A blood test that was administered about four hours later showed a BAC of 0.081, according to a statement from District Attorney George Brauchler’s office. Colorado law prohibits driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05.
Vincent, who has worked at the sheriff’s office since August 1999, was in uniform and in possession of his duty weapon at the time. He was suspended without pay.
A jury found the deputy guilty Jan. 12. He was sentenced to a year of supervised probation, fined $600 and ordered to undergo an alcohol evaluation on Thursday, according to the DA’s office.
“Vincent should not allow this case to define him,” Deputy District Attorney Francisco Martinez to the court, “but rather, learn from it as he moves forward.”