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Deputy Arrested After Appearing Passed Out Behind Wheel Of Patrol Car

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County sheriff's spokeswoman says an on-duty deputy was arrested after he appeared to be passed out at the wheel of his parked patrol car Tuesday night.
    
Sgt. Cindi West says the 46-year-old deputy was arrested for suspicion of physical control of a motor vehicle, the legal equivalent of DUI when no driving is observed. He was processed and released by Bellevue police.
    
She says a search warrant will be obtained later this week to search the interior of his patrol car for evidence.
    
West said Wednesday that a citizen called 9-1-1 when he observed the deputy hunched over the steering wheel and could not wake him. His car was parked in Newcastle.
    
West says a drug expert from Bellevue Police was called to investigate and believed the deputy was under the influence of a drug, possibly a narcotic.
    
Bellevue police is conducting a criminal investigation, while the sheriff's office is handling an administrative one.
    
The deputy, a 15-year veteran, is on administrative leave pending those investigations.

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