Denver sheriff deputy suspended for drunk driving incident

A Denver Sheriff Department deputy who was arrested for drunk driving in September was disciplined with a 14-day suspension, according to the Denver Department of Public Safety.

Deputy Sheldon Marr, a 24-year veteran of the department, was only required to serve about six days of that suspension, however, on the condition that he stayed sober, continued to attend therapy classes and followed department rules, according to a copy of Marr’s disciplinary letter obtained by The Denver Post through an open records request.

Marr was stopped by Colorado State Patrol on Sept. 1 on Colorado 83 in Parker after a trooper noticed Marr’s vehicle was weaving between lanes and that he’d failed to use his turn signal.

Marr failed roadside sobriety tests, and a breath test showed his blood alcohol level at .139, well above the legal limit. The deputy, who was off duty and had celebrated a family member’s birthday in Colorado Springs, was wearing his seat belt incorrectly and had a gun in his center console. He was charged with DUI, possession of a weapon while under the influence and traffic violations.

Marr pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of driving while impaired in October and the other charges were dismissed, according to the April 7 discipline letter.

He apologized several times for his decision to drive while impaired, according to the letter, and told public safety officials in February that he had not consumed alcohol since the night of his arrest.

“I completely accept responsibility for my actions in this matter,” he said, according to the letter. “I feel embarrassed to myself, to the department, and the people I swore to serve and protect.”

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