Former Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy takes plea deal |

Former Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy takes plea deal

— A Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was arrested in March on suspicion of DUI pleaded guilty this week to driving while ability impaired.

The deputy, Jesse McAvoy, is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Office, according to Undersheriff Ray Birch.

Birch said in March that McAvoy was off duty and driving alone west on U.S. Highway 40 at about 4:20 a.m. March 10 when his personal vehicle hit a patch of ice and crashed into a snowbank near mile marker 121.

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.

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Following the arrest, the Sheriff’s Office placed McAvoy on paid leave pending an administrative investigation. McAvoy had been with the Sheriff’s Office for about three years.

McAvoy was sentenced to supervised probation for one year and must complete an alcohol education course and 24 hours of public service, according to a news release from the Routt County District Attorney’s Office.

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