DeLand, FL - A Volusia Sheriff's deputy arrested and charged with DUI in March 2020 was arrested and charged again early this morning. The Volusia Sheriff's Office says the deputy, 34-year-old Aaron Chavez, was pulled over by a DeLand police officer shortly before 2 a.m. after the officer witnessed his truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of International Speedway Boulevard.
The DPD officer initiated a traffic stop and followed Chavez as he ran a red light, made a left turn on Woodland Boulevard, swerved, and pulled over for the traffic stop. His incident report stated that he noticed a smell of alcohol and noted that Chavez’s eyes were glassy and his speech slurred.
Chavez was taken into custody without incident on charges of DUI and refusal to submit to DUI testing, and he was cited for traveling on the wrong side of the roadway, failure to stop at a red light, and violation of driver’s license restrictions (allowing driving for business purposes only).
Chavez was off-duty during both incidents. Last year, he was suspended for 24 hours and reassigned to a non-law-enforcement position while his case was pending. He pleaded no contest to an amended charge of reckless driving and was sentenced to probation, which he successfully completed. After resolution of his case, Chavez was reassigned to courthouse duties, and later to a patrol assignment.
This time, Chavez is suspended pending the results of an Internal Affairs investigation.