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Detective suspended for drinking before MADD conference

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LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida detective had been drinking before he attended a Mother’s Against Drunk Driving conference and made disrespectful comments to another department’s police chief.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports that Detective Michael Szeliga served a one-day suspension on Friday.

A report from an internal investigation says Szeliga was on duty July 24 when he attended the MADD event. The report says Szeliga made comments toward Gulfport police Chief Robert Vincent that were “considered disrespectful and overtly influenced by alcohol.”

Gulfport police Chief Robert Vincent who encountered Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Detective Michael Szeliga and had to ask him to leave a MADD function because he was clearly intoxicated. Screen shot from video.
Gulfport police Chief Robert Vincent who encountered Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Szeliga and had to ask him to leave a MADD function because he was clearly intoxicated. Screen shot from video.

Other officers reported the comments to a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office supervisor, and Szeliga was banned from an awards ceremony.

The report says Szeliga acknowledged that he should not have consumed alcohol before attending the banquet.

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