Documents: Deputy sheriff in DUI case admitted drinking

Published On: Oct 17 2013 03:19:08 PM HST

Patrick Lewis

HONOLULU -

A state deputy sheriff charged with driving drunk told police he had been drinking before he crashed the state vehicle he was assigned to, according to documents obtained by KITV.

Police charged Patrick Lewis with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and refusing to take a blood-alcohol test after the crash on Oct. 2. in Pearl City.

The documents say Lewis was Diamond Head-bound on Kamehameha Highway at Acacia Road just before 3 a.m. when the crash happened.

The vehicle went through a fence on the median and ended up in the Waianae-bound lanes, the documents say. The fence has since been repaired.

An officer reported that there was a slight smell of alcohol coming from Lewis's vehicle. The documents say Lewis told the officer he had two glasses of wine earlier in the evening and fell asleep at the wheel.

The officer noted that Lewis appeared to have minor injuries including a bump near his eye but he refused medical treatment at the scene. Lewis also told the officer he was on his way to pick up his dog.

Lewis is assigned to the K9 unit at the state Department of Public Safety and also assigned to a state car, according to a department spokeswoman. 

The spokeswoman says he was off duty at the time of the crash.
Lewis posted $1,000 bail after police charged him with OVUII and refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol test.

Because Lewis refused to take any blood alcohol test his license has been suspended for two years, according to the documents. Lewis's disposition within the department will be determined once he returns from a scheduled vacation, according to the DPS spokeswoman.

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