Lakeland detective arrested on DUI charges



LAKELAND, Fla. - A Lakeland police officer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence Friday night, according to Osceola County deputies.

Detective Billy Lane, 41, was pulled over about 11:30 p.m. by an Osceola deputy at International Drive and Osceola Parkway.

Police said a witness reported seeing Lake stumbling into his car, driving very slowly and nearly hitting a curb.

A deputy caught up with Lane’s Mini Cooper at a red light, and the deputy stated in a report that Lane was swerving between lanes and didn’t pull over for about a half a mile when the deputy turned his sirens on.

When the deputy asked for Lane’s license and registration, Lane gave the officer a bank card, according to reports.

Reports said Lane’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and his speech was slurred.

Lane agreed to take a sobriety test and officers said he blew more than twice the legal limit.

He was arrested and taken to the Osceola County Jail.

He bonded out Saturday afternoon.

Lane was placed on paid administrative leave by the police department.

He has been with the Lakeland Police Department since 1996.