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Sarasota sheriff’s office suspends high ranking major for alleged drunk, belligerent behavior

Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has suspended a high ranking major after he allegedly acted drunk and belligerent at a baseball game.

According to a sheriff’s office internal affairs report, Maj. Paul Richard is suspended without pay for six days.

The report alleges that on March 24, Richard, who was off-duty was intoxicated, rude and discourteous toward fans and a North Port police sergeant, who was in uniform working at the event.

A husband and wife said they were attending the spring training game with their two boys and they said they saw “a gentleman who was obviously drunk yelling at several people,” which prompted them to file the report.

The family claims Richard “chastised and continually yelled at them for allowing someone to leave their row of seats.”

Richard admitted to investigators he drank four 16-ounce beers in a 6-inning span, but downplayed witnesses’ statements that he was drunk.

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