Naples officer faces DUI charge, placed on administrative leave

A Naples police officer was placed on administrative leave with pay following his arrest early Sunday on accusations of DUI and resisting arrest with violence.

Michael Hilton Little, 32, was speeding on Bayshore Drive and quickly pulled into the Abaco Bay Apartments just after 2 a.m., according to an arrest report. A Collier County sheriff's deputy who approached him in his car noticed a strong smell of alcohol, reports said.

Little told the deputy he was in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend and was trying to get in touch with her at her apartment. The deputy asked if he had weapons in his car, and Little said he had "several inside," reports said.

While the deputy was requesting backup, Little ran from the car up to his girlfriend's apartment and tried to unlock the door, according to a report. When the deputy ran up to catch him, Little tried to reach inside his pocket and struggled with the deputy as she tried to free his hand.

The deputy was able to overpower Little and later found a Beretta .25-caliber pistol inside the pocket he was reaching into, reports said.

Deputies said Little spoke with slurred speech, appeared unsteady on his feet and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He declined to perform field sobriety exercises and refused a breath test, reports said.

Little faces charges of DUI and resisting an officer with violence.

Naples police officials said Little, who works as a patrol officer, has been with the department since April of 2008.

"He was placed on administrative leave with pay until we have the opportunity to see what the State Attorney's Office has to say," Chief Tom Weschler said.

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bk52girl writes:

Gee I wonder if they put him thru the ringer like they do everyone else.Classes every week drug screening take his driving privlages away for a year...

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