BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A high-ranking officer in the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has been suspended without pay after he was charged with drunken driving.
According to court records, Capt. Albert Joseph Jr. was pulled over by a state trooper who saw him swerving as he took a ramp for Interstate 195 in Wareham.
The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/RiRiKE ) reports that the trooper says he smelled alcohol coming from Joseph’s car and his eyes were ‘‘bloodshot and glassy, and his speech slurred.’’
Joseph was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. He refused a Breathalyzer test.
Joseph was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty at his arraignment.
Joseph did not respond to an email request for comment.
Sheriff James Cummings says Joseph is a 21-year employee with an unblemished record.
Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com