FHP: HCSO deputy crashed car at Disney, arrested for DUI

Timothy Michael Craig

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was arrested at Disney after he crashed his vehicle while driving under the influence, troopers say.

The Florida Highway Patrol was called to Buena Vista Drive and Broadway shortly before 10 pm on Tuesday and observed Sergeant Timothy Michael Craig, 46, inside a damaged vehicle.

Troopers say Sgt. Craig had crashed his Toyota Tundra three-quarters of the way through a pedestrian bridge at Disney Springs. He had hit a stop sign, entered a pedestrian crosswalk bridge and bounced off several pillars. Troopers later discovered two open bottles of Fireball whiskey inside the vehicle, according to an arrest report.

Troopers say Sgt. Craig was fading in and out of consciousness when he was found.  They detected alcohol on his breath and say he had glassy red bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Sgt. Craig was transported to Celebration Hospital for treatment, and was later taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a chemical or controlled substance.  He was also cited for careless driving and open container, the arrest report states.

Sgt. Craig was transported to the Orange County Breath Test Center and refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to troopers.

He was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday at 4 am.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was suspended without pay and will be facing an administrative review.  He is currently assigned to the Community Outreach Division.

The deputy has been with the agency since 1994, according to an HCSO spokesperson.

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