Update: Suspended deputy was terminated before arrest

10:04 am | October 28, 2013

Sheriff Chris Mathes told members of the STAR that, as of Oct. 25, he had terminated Jesse Lee Carico for conduct unbecoming of an officer – before Carico was arrested on his second charge of driving under the influence in just over a month.

“On Friday, his termination letter went out,” Mathes said.

At around 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, sheriff’s deputies found Carico asleep in a running car. After waking him, Deputy Michael Freeman reported that he detected an odor of alcohol, and requested that Carico perform a field sobriety test.

Freeman reported that Carico’s performance on the test did not meet his satisfaction, and arrested him on a charge of DUI.

Although his office severed ties with Carico before Saturday’s arrest, Mathes said it was an unfortunate situation.

“People just have problems in their life and they need to get help,” Mathes said. “It’s disappointing.”

REPORTED EARLIER:

A Carter County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer, who was already serving on administrative leave after being arrested in late September, was arrested again over the weekend on similar charges.

On Saturday morning, sheriff’s deputies arrested Jesse Lee Carico, 29, and charged him with driving under the influence after he was found unconscious in a vehicle at the Betsy Towne Shopping Center.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Deputy Michael Freeman was driving past the shopping center when he noticed a parked car was still running. Upon inspection, Freeman reported that he observed Carico and a female passenger asleep inside the vehicle.

Freeman reported that he detected an odor of alcohol, and then asked Carico if he would participate in a field sobriety test. Freeman wrote that Carico’s performance on the test was unsatisfactory. Carico was then arrested for driving under the influence.

On Sept. 22, Carico was charged with driving under the influence and possession of a Schedule II drug after he was found unconscious in a vehicle. After his arrest, Sheriff Chris Mathes placed Carico on administrative leave without pay or benefits.

For more details on this story, check tomorrow’s edition of the STAR.

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