Monday, June 10, 2013
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COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy has been arrested and charged with DUI, according to NCSO Capt. Keith Crum.
Deputy Kevin Gregory Watkins, 45, was arrested and charged with DUI and speeding (35 to 55 mph over) by a Georgia State Patrol trooper on June 6. He was booked into the Newton County Detention Center at 11:34 p.m. and bonded out the next morning, Crum said.
Watkins has been with the NCSO since 2001 and works as the agency's quarter master, ordering supplies such as clothing, equipment, cleaning chemicals, etc. He is a certified deputy.
Crum said Watkins is currently on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
The Georgia State Patrol is in charge of the investigation into the DUI. Trooper First Class C. Seymour stated he spotted Watkins in a Honda Accord travelling south at 81 mph on Ga. Highway 142 near the Quick Trip and Lockridge Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. on June 6.
The trooper said a field sobriety test was conducted and he determined Watkins to be DUI. Watkins submitted to a breath test at the jail which showed a blood alcohol content of .119, according to the GSP.