An off-duty Walton County deputy has been booked with DUI and speeding. On Nov. 23, at around 9:02 p.m., a Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) deputy on patrol stopped a dark-colored mustang that was traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. 98 near the Sandestin area. The vehicle was reportedly traveling at a speed of 80 mph in a 45 mph zone. After the vehicle was stopped on Tops’l Beach Boulevard, deputies realized that the person driving was an off-duty deputy with WCSO.
According to an offense report filed by the investigating deputies, the driver provided all the requested documentation such as driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration, and admitted to having been speeding. During the investigation one of the deputies reportedly detected “an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle.” The deputies’ supervisor was called to the scene. The report states that the driver repeatedly denied that he had been drinking, and refused to take a field sobriety test.
The driver, Cullen M. Coraine, 34, of Santa Rosa Beach, was charged with one count of driving while under the influence (DUI) and he was also cited for exceeding the maximum posted speed limit.
Coraine was transported to the Walton County Jail Facility and was held until first appearance. He has since bonded out on a $500 bond. At this time he has been placed on administrative leave depending the outcome of an internal investigation.