Jacksonville officer arrested for DUI, open container

by: Brittney Donovan, Action News Jax Updated:

A Jacksonville officer's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when he was arrested for DUI on Friday, according to a police report.

Officer Carl Frederick, 28, was arrested on Phillips Highway just before 2 a.m. Aug. 4.

According to the police report, an officer saw Frederick's car veer all the way to the right side of the road from the left side, then jerk back into the left lane.

His car then continued northbound for several miles with the car in the middle of both lanes, the report said.

Frederick's eyes were bloodshot and watery and an officer saw an open container of alcohol behind his driver's seat, the report says.

Frederick told the officer he was headed home from Park Place in Riverside. He could not explain why he was on Phillips Highway, the opposite direction of his home on the Westside.

According to this arrest report, Frederick told officers “he would not drive with a baby in the car in his current condition" and rated himself a seven on a zero to ten impairment scale.

Frederick was off-duty when he was arrested. He has been employed by JSO since April of 2013.

JSO Undersheriff Pay Ivey released a statement about Frederick's arrest:

"This agency’s commitment to the public is that we will hold our employees accountable for violations of the law. The arrest itself is the demonstration of that accountability and our commitment. As far as the public notification, a news conference may be held, at my discretion. It should be noted that this arrest was made public via our jail webpage, and information about Officer Frederick’s off duty arrest in his personal vehicle was posted to our jail webpage."

News of Frederick's arrest comes a day after officials announced the arrest of another JSO officer.

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