SARASOTA -- A Sarasota police officer charged with driving under the influence by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office is on administrative leave.
Juan Jaimes was charged Monday with driving under the influence and, according to police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge, he is on administrative leave for a previous matter that occurred on Aug. 21. Immediately following the DUI arrest, an internal affairs investigation was started by the police department.
"DUI is a very serious allegation and one that we do not take lightly," Chief Bernadette DiPino said in a written statement. "We are diligently looking into this matter per our policies and we are conducting a thorough internal investigation regarding this."
Jaimes is currently assigned to the Patrol Division and has been a Sarasota police officer since Nov. 30, 2011, according to the release.