WPB off-duty officer fails sobriety tests

By Al Pefley bioemail

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - He's sworn to uphold the law. Now, he's accused of breaking it.

An off-duty sheriff's deputy crashes his squad car into a palm tree and is arrested for DUI.

Dash cam video from the night of February 6 shows Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy Christopher Grube trying to pass several roadside sobriety tests after crashing his marked patrol car on 45th Street in West Palm Beach.

The arresting officer said Deputy Grube had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Grube said he was on his way to Palm Beach International Airport to pick up relatives who were flying into town.

You can see he stumbles through the heel-to-toe test and loses his balance several times. The video shows he also had trouble reciting the alphabet.

"Okay, whenever you're comfortable you may begin," said the officer who pulled Grube over.

Grube stated, "ABCDEF, pause, ABCDEF,R... "

"All right, unfortunately, at this time, I'm gonna have to place you under arrest. Okay, put your hands right back there for me," said the West Palm Beach police officer as he handcuffed Deputy Grube.

The arrest report says Deputy Grube claimed he had one or two drinks and did not remember the crash. He refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was arrested and released on his own recognizance.

The sheriff's office says he's now on administrative leave with pay.  Grube joined the sheriff's office in 2004.