Alabama deputy charged with DUI while driving his patrol car

Published 5:15 pm Monday, February 24, 2020

An Alabama sheriff’s deputy has been charged with DUI after a fellow officer spotted his patrol car moving erratically on a highway and suspected he was driving drunk.

Robert Wayne Latta, 53, was jailed on charges of DUI and reckless driving in Jefferson County, where he works as a sheriff’s deputy, reported.

Jefferson County Deputy Chief David Agee said Latta was off duty but was driving his take-home patrol car when another deputy tried to pull over the vehicle on Highway 79 just before noon Friday.

He said that Latta didn’t stop until reaching his home, and was determined to have been drinking alcohol.

Latta has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, Agee said. Latta was released from jail on a $600 bond. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney to represent him.