Sparwath told Sheldon he had just finished an 18-hour shift, and he insisted he had nothing to drink, the news station reported. After a field sobriety test, Sheldon had concerns about the results and arrested the sergeant.
Dash camera video obtained by Channel 2 shows Sheldon arrested Sparwath.
Once they arrived at the Forsyth County Jail, Sparwath took a Breathalyzer, and the results were .007, which is far below the legal limit of .08, the news station reported. A second test said he had a blood alcohol content of zero.
Weeks later, the sheriff’s office dropped the charges, and Sheldon was suspended without pay and transferred to the jail, Channel 2 reported.
Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman has since apologized to the APD sergeant and said this should have been handled differently, the news station reported. He also said he’s reviewing his policies and retraining his deputies on DUI arrests.
Correction: An earlier version of this article from Channel 2 Action News incorrectly reported Sgt. Paul Sparwarth’s first Breathalyzer test as registering .07. It actually registered .007.
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