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Deputy put on 5-day paid leave

By Staff | Mar 21, 2010

A Faribault County sheriff’s deputy was suspended for several days last month following an internal investigation.

After receiving a complaint, Chief Deputy Scott Adams looked into the allegations.

Adams says the misconduct involved misuse of a squad car while off-duty.

He says the deputy reportedly was driving the vehicle after consuming alcohol.

The chief deputy says he received a verbal complaint five to six days after the incident occurred and there was no evidence the deputy was driving while intoxicated.

“The nuts and bolts of any action we took was that the deputy was not using the vehicle for official business. He wasn’t working,” says Adams.

Central Services coordinator Brenda Ripley says the alleged misconduct occurred on Feb. 5.

“As far as the complaint, there was never anything in writing,” she says.

On Feb. 11, Adams issued a written reprimand.

To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.