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PBSO deputy facing DUI charge

Posted: 10:09 AM, Aug 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-29 15:49:43-04
PBSO deputy facing DUI charge

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy is facing a DUI charge.

Eric L. Swiger was booked Tuesday night into the Palm Beach County Jail and later released on his own recognizance.

When he showed up at his workplace just after 3 p.m. it was noticed that his eyes were watery, his speech was slurred, he was swaying and he had an odor of alcohol, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A DUI investigator was called and interviewed Swiger.

Swiger said he was probably suffering a hangover from drinking a bottle of Tennessee Fire with a friend and had his last drink at 3 a.m., the report said.

When told he was being arrested Swiger was uncooperative and had to be spoken to for twenty minutes before being arrested, the affidavit said.

He's facing a charge of DUI unlawful blood alcohol-DUI alcohol or drugs, according to the PBSO booking blotter. 

A sheriff's office spokesperson said Swiger works out of District 8 in Wellington and is currently on administrative leave.