An El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy on paid administrative leave has bailed out of jail after his third arrest in three months on suspicion of drunken driving.
Deputy John Anthony Broadfoot, 39, of South Lake Tahoe was last arrested by the California Highway Patrol on a DUI charge on Friday after a crash in the Shingle Springs area. He was booked into El Dorado County jail in Placerville with bail set at $250,000, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Broadfoot’s attorney, Danny Brace, said Broadfoot was released on his own recognizance with conditions imposed by the court.
The crash occurred about 1:30 p.m. as Broadfoot was driving a GMC Sierra in a parking lot on South Shingle Springs Road, south of Durock Road, and struck a parked vehicle, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. CHP officers responded and after investigating the crash, they arrested Broadfoot on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The CHP said he also is being charged with obstructing officers in the performance of their duties.
Broadfoot was first arrested on suspicion of DUI on Dec. 8. The arrest was made by the CHP in the South Lake Tahoe area.
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Broadfoot was placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff’s Office.
His second arrest by a CHP officer occurred Feb. 25 when he rolled his vehicle on Highway 50 near Ice House Road. He was not injured.
This incident occurred abut 7:25 p.m. as Broadfoot was driving westbound on Highway 50 east of Bull Creek Road. He allowed the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway where it traveled up a dirt embankment and rolled over onto its left side, according to the CHP.
CHP officers responded, and Broadfoot was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a license suspended for driving under the influence of alcohol.