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Deputy charged with driving under influence

Melvin Robinson

Melvin Robinson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy was charged with driving under the influence over the weekend, after reportedly driving in "a circle" on the interstate and registering a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

Deputy Melvin Robinson, 40, allegedly blew a .167 on a state breath test following a traffic stop early Sunday morning, and was placed under arrest at about 4:50 a.m.

A Gwinnett County police officer was alerted to Robinson's GMC Denali after a caller reported seeing it "conduct a circle in the middle of the road on (Interstate 85) north of Pleasant Hill Road," according to an incident report obtained by the Daily Post.

The responding officer caught up with the vehicle being driven by Robinson on Ga. Highway 316 near Fence Road, as it was traveling just 30 miles per hour in the 55 mph zone. According to reports, Robinson's SUV straddled both lanes on the highway before making a "very wide turn" onto Fence Road.

Upon being stopped, Robinson -- a deputy sheriff assigned to Gwinnett County Jail since 2009 -- had "very bloodshot and glazed" eyes and a "very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from his body, the officer wrote.

Despite Robinson's assertions that he had only "one beer two hours ago," he was asked to perform field sobriety evaluations.

"He replied, 'Come on man,'" the officer wrote. "I replied, 'If you really work for Gwinnett County, you know how we operate. There ain't no, 'Come on, man' in Gwinnett County."

According to reports, Robinson failed separate eye, balance and walking tests. At one point, "he stated again that he worked for the sheriff's department and that he was 'just trying to make it home.'"

An on-site Alco-Sensor test registered Robinson's BAC at .158. Another breath test later administered at a police precinct showed .167. The legal limit for drivers is .08.

Jail records show Robinson was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on charges of DUI and failure to maintain lane at 6:13 a.m. Sunday. He was released on $1,564 bond 90 minutes later.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said Robinson has been placed "in a non-law enforcement capacity pending an internal investigation."