The Tampa Police officer who arrested attorney Phil Campbell for drinking and driving in 2013 said Friday Campbell’s eyes were red and glassy.
Officer Tim McGinnes testified that his supervisor had a tip about a lawyer who would be driving after drinking at Malio’s bar in Downtown Tampa. McGinnes did not know who gave his supervisor, Sergeant Ray Fernandez, the tip. Fernandez pulled Campbell over, but McGinnes is the officer who administered field sobriety tests and then placed Campbell under arrest.
The Florida bar charges that Fernandez was given the tip by his longtime friend, attorney Adam Filthaut. Fernandez was fired from the Tampa Police Department for his involvement in the Campbell arrest.
Filthaut and two other attorneys, Stephen Diaco and Robert Adams, are charged with setting up the arrest of Campbell. They were all involved in a highly publicized trial involving Tampa radio personalities Bubba “The Love Sponge” Clem and Todd Schnitt.
Fernandez was also called as a witness on Friday but refused to answer any questions and invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
The three attorneys accused of orchestrating the DUI could lose their licenses to practice law in Florida.
The bar hearing is set to resume on Thursday.
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