According to officials, a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy was detained on suspicion of DUI outside the Naval Air Station North Island gate.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) of the arrest of a deputy who attempted to enter the facility without authorization through the main gate on Friday night, prompting military guards to fire at the automobile.
Authorities reported that nobody was wounded.
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Sgt. Michael Cruz was booked into San Diego Central Prison while he was off duty on charges of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In anticipation of further court appearances, he was freed on his recognizance.
While the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs inquiry is ongoing, Cruz is on a paid administrative assignment.
He was employed in 2006, says the agency, and put in charge of the Sheriff’s Emergency Preparedness Detail.
With assistance from the sheriff’s office, the Coronado Police Department and the Navy Criminal Investigation Service were looking into the arrest.
According to a sheriff’s news release, “The Sheriff’s Department will not tolerate illegal behavior in its ranks and will hold employees accountable for their acts.
While security personnel searched the rest of the complex, numerous gates were closed and the base was momentarily sealed down.
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