Pinellas Park cop resigns after DUI arrest

9:23 AM, Oct 18, 2012   |    comments
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PINELLAS PARK, Florida (AP) - Officials say a Pinellas Park police office has resigned days after he was accused of rear-ending a vehicle while driving drunk.

The Tampa Bay Times reports St. Petersburg police arrested Matthew Patsch Oct. 11 on misdemeanor DUI charges.

Pinellas Park police spokesman Brian Unmisig says Patsch resigned Monday. After the arrest, Patsch was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.

St. Petersburg police say a motorist told them he was stopped at a light when a vehicle driven by Patsch hit his Toyota Tundra. Police say Patsch told everyone at the scene he was a police officer, but denied that he'd been drinking.

Police reports show Patsch's blood-alcohol was measured at 0.189 and 0.192, more than twice the legal limit in Florida.

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