Steamboat Springs An off-duty Routt County Sheriff's Office patrol deputy was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his vehicle in Milner.
Undersheriff Ray Birch said Deputy Jesse Lee McAvoy was driving alone west on U.S. Highway 40 at about 4:20 a.m. when his personal vehicle hit a patch of ice and crashed in a snowbank near mile marker 121.
McAvoy was not injured in the crash, and there was no property damage.
The Colorado State Patrol investigated the crash and arrested McAvoy on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.
He was taken to the Routt County Jail and released from custody to Birch after McAvoy was issued a summons to appear in court for the three misdemeanors charges.
Birch said a breath test showed McAvoy had a blood alcohol content level of 0.093. The legal limit is 0.08.
The Sheriff's Office has placed McAvoy on paid leave pending an administrative investigation. Birch said McAvoy has been with the Sheriff's Office for about three years.
State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott, who helped investigate the crash, said there are a number of factors that determine whether someone arrested on suspicion of DUI is booked into jail, released to a sober party or taken to detox, and the decision is at the discretion of the arresting agency.
Elliott said the primary reason the State Patrol elected not to book McAvoy into jail following his arrest was to "spare (the deputy) the embarrassment of going through the booking process with his co-workers."
He said the State Patrol also trusted McAvoy to make court appearances and face the charges.
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