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Keystone high school resource officer arrested for DUI

DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

A Clay County deputy who has served as a school resource officer at Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School was arrested for DUI April 21.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper interviewed James Allen Avery, 48, on S.R. 21, north of S.R. 16 after 1 a.m.. The FHP officer wrote in a report that Avery’s speech was slurred when the trooper questioned him about damage to Avery’s vehicle.  The trooper then administered field sobriety tests and arrested the deputy after those tests.

However, later at the Clay County jail, results of a breathalyzer test showed Avery’s blood alcohol content below the legal limit.

After the arrest, the sheriff’s office put Avery on paid administrative leave and started its own internal investigation of the incident.

The charge against Avery is not proven and he is presumed innocent until adjudicated guilty by a court.

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