WINDERMERE, Fla. -- A veteran Orange County deputy was placed on administrative leave after being accused of driving drunk and crashing into another driver.
Investigators said Sgt. Kevin Meyer was off-duty, but had his emergency lights on in his unmarked truck when he crashed into a woman on County Road 535 Sunday night.
The woman told troopers she thought she was being pulled over.
When state troopers arrived at the scene, they said Meyer was unsteady, confused, slurring his words and acting suspicious.
Authorities said Meyer told troopers the crash happened when he reached for something in the glove box.
The victim said Meyer pulled up behind her with his emergency lights, even though he was off-duty.
When she couldn't immediately pull over, she said, he crashed into her.
Troopers said her car was hit so hard, it flew up onto the right shoulder, went across the road onto a median, and then entered oncoming traffic on the other side of the road.
The woman told authorities Meyer took it upon himself to talk to a few witnesses and even allowed them to leave without taking any information.
Troopers said when they arrived, Meyers reeked of alcohol and quit his field sobriety exercises in the middle of them.
In his truck, troopers said they found a pink bottle of Powerade that they suspect was mixed with alcohol.
Meyer was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol for driving under the influence, troopers said.
Meyer has been with the sheriff's office for more than 20 years.