PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pinellas County detective was arrested for DUI after allegedly arriving drunk to a homicide scene in St. Petersburg.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting on Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
The victim was pronounced dead and patrol deputies requested homicide detectives respond to the scene.
Detective George Moffett Jr., 48, a member of the Homicide Unit, was off duty and responded to the scene from his home in Riverview in an unmarked PCSO vehicle.
When Moffett got out of his car at the scene, patrol deputies saw that he appeared under the influence of alcohol.
Moffett allegedly had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred speech and a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person.
Deputies began a DUI investigation and Moffett admitted that he had consumed several Crown Royal liquor beverages before responding to the homicide scene.
Moffett agreed to a field sobriety test, which he failed.
He took a breath test and his BrAC was determined to be .129/.134.
Moffett was arrested and charged with one count of driving under the influence.
He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.
The sheriff’s office confirmed Moffett was a lead detective on the Michael Drejka Stand Your Gound shooting case, but his arrest has no bearing on the case.
“Detective Moffett made a poor decision to drive drunk and his actions were potentially dangerous to others,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri in a statement sent to News Channel 8.
“Detective Moffett’s employment was immediately terminated and he has to face the consequences of his actions.”
Attorney for Drejka, Bryant Careno, issued the following statement:
The rules of evidence and the Supreme Court have held that any arrest of a state witness could be relevant to show bias. His arrest would absolutely show bias in the way he testifies should he be called to testify by the state.
Moffett was hired by the sheriff’s office on March 20, 2006.