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Charlotte County deputy resigns while under investigation for being intoxicated at work

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 13:40:03-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A School Resource Deputy in Charlotte County has resigned from his position after learning of accusations he showed up to work drunk last month.

According to a report from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the investigation centered around an incident on May 11 at an event at St. Vincent DePaul Center in Punta Gorda.

The report says that a Corporal was concerned that the voice of Deputy First Class Joshua Muse sounded slurred and unintelligible over the radio, and superiors were notified. Those superiors made contact with Deputy Muse and said he showed signs of intoxication and had an odor of alcohol on his breath while on duty at the event.

Deputy Muse later admitted that he and his wife were up late the night before celebrating their anniversary.

Muse's firearm and vehicle keys were secured, and Muse was taken to the Charlotte County Jail, where breathalyzer tests gave readings of .230 and .246 BAC.

Two days later, Deputy Muse was placed on Administrative Leave with Pay and notified of an Internal Affairs Investigation.

Shortly after being notified of this, Deputy Muse submitted his resignation.

The Internal Affairs investigation did find Deputy Muse in violation of Reporting to Duty While Intoxicated.