A police officer from the City of Miami got into legal trouble when he was arrested for driving under the influence.
Joevanih Sauvagere, aged 31, was found unconscious in the driver’s seat of an Infiniti at the intersection of Northwest Sixth Avenue and 62nd Street at approximately 6:57 a.m. on Tuesday. As per the police report, he had a firearm resting on his lap.
Miami-Dade School’s Police responded to reports of a driver passed out behind the wheel leading to Sauvagere’s arrest. Upon arrival, the officer detected a strong smell of alcohol emanating from Sauvagere’s breath, and he displayed bloodshot, watery eyes, as well as droopy eyelids.
Upon being asked by the school board officer to put his car in park, Sauvagere instead shifted the car into reverse, causing it to move two feet. It was only after the intoxicated Miami Police officer intervened that the car was finally put in park.
When asked to undergo standardized field sobriety tests, Sauvagere declined and instead requested medical attention.
While Sauvagere was drifting in and out of consciousness, the school officer seized the gun and removed it from the car. Additional police officers arrived at the scene, and Sauvagere was removed from the vehicle and apprehended by the Miami Police officers.
Miami Fire transported Sauvagere to Jackson Memorial Hospital after he reported stomach pain. Despite the implied consent read to him, he refused to submit to a voluntary blood sample.
It is unclear what Sauvagere’s future holds in the police department, as he was released following his arrest.
Another South Florida police officer is in trouble with the law as he has been arrested, marking the second time this has happened in the area.
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