JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local television meteorologist is facing a charge of driving under the influence.
Police arrested Channel 12's Chief Meteorologist Tim Deegan in Jacksonville Beach on Saturday night. According to the police report, chemical test results on Deegan showed a .181 on the first test and .179 on the second. The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Florida is .08. The tests, according to the report, were taken three hours after the initial traffic stop.
A police officer sitting in his marked patrol car said he saw a Jeep Wrangler roll through a 4-way stop at Beach Boulevard and 1st Street South at approximately 10 miles per hour, according to the police report. Officer R. Blalock initiated a traffic stop about 100 feet north of Beach Boulevard at 7:17 p.m.
Officer Blalock, according to the report, said Deegan rolled his window down halfway. The officer noted Deegan's eyes appeared red, watery and glassy. The officer also "smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle." The officer said Deegan slurred his words and the odor of an alcoholic beverage became stronger as he handed over his license.
Two additional officers arrived to assist with the investigation.
The police report showed Deegan asked to be taken to a nearby parking lot to continue the DUI investigation because he felt nervous due to the large crowd that had gathered.
According to the report, Deegan told police he drank two beers at a birthday party that afternoon and was on his way home after running errands.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office jail log showed Deegan was booked into the jail just before 10 p.m. on a misdemeanor charge of DUI (under the influence of alcohol or chemical substance-facilities impaired).
According to the report, police searched his car and found three empty Budweiser beer cans, one unopened can of beer in the passenger seat, and a half-empty 16-ounce beer, cold to the touch, resting in the driver console.
Action News contacted Channel 12 for a comment. President and General Manager Eric Land said, "As a matter of policy FCN does not comment on matters of legal or personal nature involving our employees."
Deegan was released from jail just before noon on Sunday.