Calhoun County Sheriff David Tatum says he is “embarrassed” after one of his deputies was arrested passed out in a patrol car, apparently drunk, early Sunday morning.
The Florida Highway Patrol says it received a car from a private citizen that a Calhoun County deputy was passed out in his patrol car, with the motor still running, in Liberty County.
The troopers found Deputy Zack Barber asleep behind the wheel. The motor was running and the car was in gear.
They banged on the patrol car’s window for several minutes trying to wake Barber. He finally came to and they had to help him out of the patrol car after they put the vehicle in park.
The deputy was arrested for DUI and lodged in the Liberty County Jail in Bristol.
His patrol car and his gun were turned over to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff David Tatum told reporters he was embarrassed and he wanted to apologize to residents of Liberty and Calhoun counties for the actions of one of his sworn officers.
Tatum told NewsChannel Seven Barber is due in his office in Blountstown Monday morning at which time he will be terminated.