Florida police officer charged with DUI in marked patrol car

EUSTIS, Fla. — A central Florida police officer is on leave after he was charged with driving under the influence in his patrol car.

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The Eustis Police Department told WFTV that its officers saw a police patrol vehicle driving recklessly Monday night. When officers pulled the vehicle over, they noticed an open beer can in the center cup holder.

Oscar Mayorga, who was identified as the officer driving the car, was on his way to work and smelled of alcohol, investigators told WFTV. Officers told the station that when they asked Mayorga to get out of the car and walk to a nearby sidewalk, Mayorga was unable to balance and nearly fell several times.

Mayorga told officers that he had “three tall boys” a few hours before his shift, WFTV reported.

The Apopka Police Department told WFTV that Mayorga is an officer in the uniform patrol division and has been with the department for five years. The department confirmed that Mayorga was scheduled to work on Monday night when he was stopped.

Mayorga was charged with driving under the influence and was placed on administrative leave with pay. The Apopka Police Department responded to the scene to recover Mayorga’s equipment and patrol car, officers told WFTV.