ST. PETERSBURG, FL Sheriff Lost His Job

January 17, 2019

  1. PETERSBURG, FL (January 4, 2019) — A detective from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has officially lost his job after arriving to a fatal shooting crime scene drunk. This incident was originally reported by Pinellas deputies who said the detective drove intoxicated from his home in Riverview to the crime scene.

On the night of Thursday, Jan. 3, the St. Petersburg police and Pinellas Sheriff’s deputies were sent to 10610 Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg to respond to a reported shooting. The victim of the shooting was promptly pronounced dead, which was why the deputies required the request of homicide detectives to arrive to the scene.

Detective George Moffett Jr., who is now a former member of the county’s Homicide Unit, was at the time off duty but still responded to go to the crime scene in an unmarked sheriff’s car. He started his drunk driving from the comfort of his own home.

The deputies were clearly able to tell that Moffett was under the influence of alcohol when he got out of his car at 10610 Gandy Blvd. The deputies said he was slurring his speech badly, had bloodshot eyes and reeked of the distinct smell of whiskey.

Later on in the evening Moffett admitted to drinking several rounds of Crown Royal prior to coming to the homicide crime scene. He then was asked to undergo a Field Sobriety Test and did very badly. At the end of the test he was asked to breathe into a breathalyzer, which showed his blood-alcohol level at .134, clearly over the legal limit to drive.

So right there at the scene of a fatal shooting Moffett was arrested and eventually charged with a driving under the influence count, and was immediately terminated. Moffett had been working for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office since 2006, and he was one of the main detectives in the case against Michael Drejka that was nicknamed the Clearwater Stand Your Grand case.