Manatee deputy resigns after DUI arrest

John Girgis
John Girgis(Manatee County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 11:59 AM EDT
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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was arrested early Thursday and charged with DUI, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A driver was observed at about 3 a.m., in a vehicle westbound on State Road 70 driving at a high rate of speed and having trouble maintaining his lane, a news release said. The vehicle stopped at a red light at Lockwood Ridge Road and a deputy approached the vehicle.

The driver had bloodshot eyes and admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages. The driver was then identified as John Girgis, 25, a patrol deputy.

Deputies determined Girgis had been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was arrested and booked into the Manatee County Jail.

Girgis was hired as a deputy in July 2018.

Girgis resigned Thursday morning from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, prior to being terminated, the news release said.

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