UPDATE: Chief Tyson has been fired by Lantana’s City Manager.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Lantana Police Chief Jeffrey Thomas Tyson was arrested by Boca Raton Police for DUI Wednesday afternoon following a crash in the 6400 block of North Military Trail.
According to Boca Raton Police, Lantana Chief Tyson struck an unmarked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s vehicle, then fled the scene of the accident.
The Deputy in the unmarked car pulled along side of Tyson — driving a Maroon Explorer owned by the City of Lantana — and ordered him to pull over. Tyson responded with, “what do you want? I only bumped you.”
According to the Deputy, when Wood finally did pull into a parking lot, he struck the parking bumper “hard,” appeared “confused and disoriented,” and smelled of alcohol when he spoke.
Boca Raton Police responded to the scene and Tyson stated, “I tapped him in the ass, no big deal.” He also stated he was on Federal Highway, on the way home from his doctor.
The Boca Raton officer explained to Tyson that he was NOT on Federal Highway, but on North Military Trail.
Tyson later refused a field sobriety test. His breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .229 and .234. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Read the somewhat incredible Probable Cause Affidavit by clicking here.