Collier County sheriff's deputy charged with DUI

— A nearly 23-year veteran of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has been assigned to administrative duties after a weekend drunk driving arrest near Everglades City.

Around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, Cpl. Walter Solomon, 69, was driving a sport utility vehicle east on U.S. 41 East near the intersection with Union Road, according to an arrest report. He was driving very slowly.

When another deputy saw Solomon cross into the opposite lane of traffic, he conducted a traffic stop, reports said.

Concerned that Solomon might be having a medical problem, the deputy requested that Collier County EMS respond to the scene. However, reports say they determined Solomon was possibly impaired by alcohol.

When an investigator arrived on scene, Solomon was standing on the side of the road holding onto a street sign, deputies reported. He smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, and swayed front to back after he let go of the sign.

Solomon stumbled while trying to walk a straight line, reports said. The investigator had to reach out to prevent him from falling while performing field sobriety tests.

Solomon was arrested, and booked into the Collier County jail on a misdemeanor DUI charge. Because he is a law enforcement officer, his address and mug shot were not released.

"He has been temporarily assigned to administrative duties," Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Karie Partington said.

Solomon, who works as a bailiff, started with the Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 9, 1986.

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