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Deputy fired after DUI arrest

Posted: May 5, 2015 - 9:42am  |  Updated: May 9, 2015 - 11:05pm
Chris­topher Cody Connor: sheriff's deputy was arrested for DUI.  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
Chris­topher Cody Connor: sheriff's deputy was arrested for DUI.

A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy was arrested late Monday and terminated after being caught driving under the influence.

Deputy Christopher Cody Connor, 28, of Martinez, was fired Tuesday morning after being charged with driving under the influence, speeding, failure to maintain lane and expired registration, according to information provided by sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

At about 11:30 p.m., a deputy saw a speeding vehicle on South Belair Road and the driver, later identified as Connor, was unable to maintain lane. The vehicle was pulled over near Holly Road. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he smelled alcohol on Connor, according to the press release.

Connor admitted that he’d had a few drinks and, based on visual cues, the deputy determined Connor was most likely impaired. He refused all standardized field sobriety tests, according to the release.

He was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and was later released after posting a $4,400 bond.

“Men and women of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office have done an excellent job establishing trust and respect in our community and this type of behavior is in complete contradiction to our public safety mission and high professional standards,” according to the sheriff’s office release.

Connor began working for the sheriff’s office in August 2007 and resigned in February 2014. After working in the private sector for a few months, Connor was rehired in June 2014.

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