TEHACHAPI, Calif. – An on-duty Kern County deputy was arrested Saturday thinking he could still do his job while under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputy Lewis White was arrested while on patrol in the Tehachapi area after he “appeared to be displaying symptoms of recent drug use,” according to the sheriff’s office. White was taken off the job while narcotics experts investigated the deputy.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) released a statement saying that narcotics detectives did find that the deputy was under the influence of a controlled substance. KCSO did not elaborate what the suspected controlled substance was.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) also evaluated White to determine if he was driving impaired. According to various new outlets, CHP was unable to make that determination.
The sheriff’s deputy was booked into the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield on the suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm. White was released Sunday morning. He is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal and administrative internal investigation said KCSO.