LAKE MARY, Fla. — A Sanford police officer is relieved of duty after being arrested on suspicion of driving impaired on New Year’s Eve, according to the department.
Officer Adam Feldman was off duty when he crashed his yellow Jeep on Rinehart Road and Primera Boulevard in Lake Mary, the arrest report states. Before the crash, a witness followed Feldman and saw he was swerving all over the roadway.
Responding officers said Feldman refused to take a Breathalyzer test or perform field sobriety exercises, but that he could hardly stand and they could smell alcohol on his breath. He is being charged with driving under the influence and property damage, according to a Police Department spokesperson.
Body camera footage shows Feldman could barely get out of the car. Feldman told officers he was going through a medical episode. Firefighters responded to the scene and cleared Feldman. He was then arrested on suspicion of DUI but has since bonded out of jail.
Feldman joined the department in June 2017. He has been relieved of duty and placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the investigation, the Sanford Police Department said.
“We hold our officers, regardless of rank, to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. Although this is an ongoing investigation, it is important that we remain as transparent in the process as possible,” Police Chief Cecil Smith said in a news release. "It is important for the purposes of a sound investigation that all policy and protocol be followed. We ask for the community’s support and patience as we conduct this investigation.”
According to court records, Feldman was a pulled over by Maitland police in 2010 for a suspected DUI in 2010. He refused to take a breathalyzer, according to the documents. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of careless driving.
A year later, Feldman was arrested in Seminole County on suspicion of driving on a suspended license because of the previous case.