Florida correctional officer charged with DUI

- A correctional officer from Desoto County was arrested for DUI, according to Polk County deputies.

On Sunday, after 2 a.m., traffic deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office saw 25-year-old Kneisha Smith traveling on Central Avenue West near Westlend Boulevard in Lake Wales in a beige, 2012 Nissan four-door car, according to a media release.

Investigators say Smith, who is employed with the Florida Department of Corrections at the Desoto County Correctional Institute, was driving “erratically” off the roadway and onto the opposite side of the road. They conducted a traffic stop and say she didn’t pass a series of sobriety tests.

Her breath test resulted in a blood alcohol concentration of .155. The legal limit in the state of Florida is .08 and above. 

"With so many alternative ways to travel, there are no excuses for drinking and driving in today's society,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a statement. “For someone who works in the Department of Corrections, she should know better than to get behind the wheel after drinking. She is lucky she didn't kill herself or another person on the roadway."

Smith was charged with DUI. 

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