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DUI Arrest by Pasco Sheriff’s Office

If you were arrested for DUI by an officer with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, you should learn more about the Special Traffic Enforcement Patrol (S.T.E.P.) unit of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. The DUI enforcement officers on the S.T.E.P. Unit focuses on enforcing traffic laws on the streets and roadways throughout Pasco County. Enforcement locations are determined by analyzing the overlap between high crash areas and high crime areas in the county.

Several of the PCO DUI enforcement officers have completed the training necessary to be designated as Drug Recognition Experts/Evaluators (D.R.E.). The DRE’s report is important after any accusation of drugged driving while impaired by any chemical or controlled substance.

After the arrest, you will be asked to submit to a breath test to determine the concentration of alcohol in your system.  The Alcohol Testing Program at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office maintains five (5) breath test machines called the Intoxilyzer 8000.

Attorney for a DUI Arrest by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office

With offices in New Port Richey, the DUI Defense attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm fight all kinds of DUI cases including a refusal to submit to a breath, blood or urine test. We also fight DUI cases involving a crash or property damage.

Before deciding how to resolve your case, you should understand any problems with the breath test machine used in your case. Call us to discuss any DUI breath test in Pasco County, including a breath test case being prosecuted at the courthouse in New Port Richey or Dade City, FL.

Our DUI Defense attorneys are familiar with the standard operating procedures for the law enforcement agencies in Pasco County.

Call 813-250-0500 to discuss your case today.


DUI Breath Testing at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office

For our clients accused of blowing over the legal limit, we are experienced with filing and litigating motions attacking breath test readings. These motions often allege that the breath test was taken at a time when the Intoxilyzer 8000 was not being maintained in substantial compliance with the administrative rules.

We take DUI breath test cases very seriously. We conduct an audit on the particular breath test machine used in your case. We can show you the log login records, the annual inspection, monthly inspections, repair records, and other subject tests.

The Alcohol Testing Program at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office maintains five (5) breath test machines called the Intoxilyzer 8000. Each breathalyzer has a different serial number including:

  • 80-001081
  • 80-001049
  • 80-001074
  • 80-001117
  • 80-003347

Over the last few years, PCO has used several different agency inspectors. In 2017, PCO went through three agency inspectors, Cpl. Adam D. Cinelli, Sgt. Art Rowland, and Deputy Barry Nixon.

The agency inspectors in Pasco County have previously been caught backspacing and intentionally deleting error warning messages that occurred during monthly agency inspections. Other problems included finding the machines not to be in compliance with the rules, but then completing another inspection without notifying FDLE of the problem.


This article was last updated on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

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