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Deputy arrested last month will return to job


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BROOKSVILLE - Deputy Joseph Tibor will return to work Monday morning, Hernando County sheriff's officials said.

Tibor, who was arrested on a drunken driving charge in January, will be on restricted duty, sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney reported.

Earlier this month, the state attorney's office decided not to prosecute Tibor due to conflicting witness statements and the unlikelihood of conviction at trial, according to a document filed by Assistant State Attorney William Hamilton.

Tibor, 45, was pulled over on State Road 50 in Brooksville on Jan. 11 after Florida Highway Patrol Corporal David Frye clocked him driving 85 mph in a 55-mph zone, court records show.

Tibor told Frye he was a law enforcement officer and eventually said he drank about five alcoholic drinks earlier in the evening, patrol officials reported.

Tibor was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after failing field sobriety exercises and refused to provide a breath sample at the Hernando County Jail, records show.

Court documents list Laurie Pizzo, who is running for Seat 4 on the Hernando County Commission, as a witness. Pizzo recently told Hernando Today she saw the stop while riding with Hernando sheriff's Detective Bryan Faulkingham.

Pizzo told authorities Tibor didn't seem to be impaired and that she was surprised when she heard he was arrested.

Tibor's license recently was reinstated, court documents show.

Moloney said Tibor will face an administrative inquiry, "a process where facts are gathered and reviewed," not an internal investigation.

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