- Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Christi Ruhtz, 41, was fired from her post after she was caught drunk driving Sunday morning
- A phone call reported a woman driving in reverse while honking around 2am
- Police on the scene found Ruhtz alone in the car with bloodshot eyes and reeking of alcohol
- She was charged with driving under the influence and booked into Pinellas County Jail
Pinellas lieutenant Christi Ruhtz, 41, was fired Sunday after she was caught drunk driving
A Florida lieutenant was suspended from her post after she was caught drunk driving by her fellow officers.
Lieutenant Christi Ruhtz, 41, of Pinellas County, Florida was reported driving in reverse and honking her horn around 2am Sunday morning.
A phone call from the scene alerted police to her erratic driving.
Deputies arrived at the intersection at 130th Avenue and Wild Acres Road where they found Ruhtz alone in the vehicle.
Her eye’s were bloodshot and glassy, the Sheriff’s Office said.
She also had a ‘distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth’.
The officers had Ruhtz perform sobriety tests, which she performed poorly on.
She worked at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, above, since December of 1998
A phone call reported Ruhtz driving in reverse and honking her horn at 2am on Sunday
Ruhtz then submitted to sobriety tests, which she performed poorly on. She was discovered to have a blood alcohol content of 0.14 and 0.13
She at first refused to give officers a breath sample for criminal investigation but eventually was forced to.
The results revealed she had blood alcohol levels of 0.14 and 0.13, well above the state’s impairment bar at 0.08
Following her termination she was taken to Pinellas County Jail.
She was released on her recognizance.
That same night 12 other drivers were charged with DUIs in a crackdown by multiple police forces in the area.