Police Officer Shows Up Drunk To Recieve Award From Mothers Against Drunk Driving

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Officer Michael Szeliga of Pinellas County, Florida, showed up drunk at a Mothers Against Drunk Driving conference, where he was supposed to receive an award for making more than 100 DUI arrests.

Szeliga was staying in Fort Lauderdale to both receive the award and undergo two days of DUI law enforcement training, WFLA reports. 

The trouble started when Szeliga left a morning session early to drink coke-and-whiskey cocktails by the pool with two other deputies who also decided to skip the training. All three were on duty at the time.

Later that evening, as officers got ready for the evening awards ceremony, a Pasco County sergeant who runs a DUI squad ran into Szeliga wearing “nothing but boxer shorts.” According to Szeliga’s supervisor, the sergeant said, “He was pretty drunk when I saw him.”

When Szeliga arrived at the ceremony, he was reportedly “wasted,” and Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent suggested the deputy was too drunk to receive the award, prompting Szelgia to make "disrespectful" comments.

Investigators said Szeliga had packed a bottle of Jameson Irish whiskey for the weekend, which he transported in his patrol vehicle.

Because of his bad behavior, Szeliga was suspended for one day with pay and had to write a letter of apology to Vincent.

Szlegia now works in a unit devoted to crimes against children, and his Mothers Against Drunk Driving award has since been revoked, The Palm Beach Post reported. 

Sources: WFLA, The Palm Beach Post / Photo credit: Bill Sutton/Flickr