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Off-duty Orange deputy accused of DUI in personal car


Officials Monday relieved an Orange County sheriff’s deputy of patrol duty after deputies arrested him on DUI charges in Osceola County.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Angelo Nieves identified the deputy as Richard Pérez. His bond was set at $500 and it is unclear if he has bonded out of the Osceola County Jail.

Reports show Osceola County deputies stopped Pérez at 1:30 a.m. Monday while he drove his personal vehicle on Osceola Parkway and Florida Parkway. The report did not detail the traffic stop.

Nieves said an Orange County sheriff’s watch commander responded to the scene, relieved Pérez, 35, of duty immediately and took his law-enforcement credentials. He will be reassigned when he bonds out of jail and returns to work.

“He has been ordered not to exercise any law-enforcement authority until further advised,” the Orange County sheriff’s report shows.

The incident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Professional Standards Section.

Pérez joined the Sheriff’s Office in February 2005 and patrolled the agency’s Sector 4, an area that encompasses South Orange Blossom Trail from State Road 50 south to the Osceola County line. or 407-420-6262.

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