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DUI CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST WCSO DEPUTY

Dec 17th, 2008 | 0

The State Attorney’s office has not objected to dismissal of a DUI charge filed against Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Deputy Cullen Coraine. The off-duty Coraine was stopped in south Walton County on Nov. 23 when another deputy observed him to be speeding. The incident report states that Coraine’s vehicle was traveling at “approximately 100 mph,” and that Coraine reportedly admitted to speeding when stopped. The report goes on to state that the officer noticed the “odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle.” Coraine repeatedly denied that he had been drinking, and refused to submit to a field sobriety test, though his attorney stated that he would have been willing to allow a supervisor to administer the test. No test was ever administered. Under Florida law, a refusal to submit to such a test results in automatic one-year suspension of a driver’s license.
Coraine was adjudicated guilty on the speeding charge of driving 80 mph in a 45-mph zone, but the State Attorney’s office reportedly had no objection to make to the dismissal of the DUI charge. Coraine’s attorney said his client will likely seek reinstatement of his driver’s license.
Coraine was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. WCSO spokesman Capt. Eddie Farris was quoted elsewhere as saying that he did not know what effect the dismissal would have on the WCSO’s departmental investigation.

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