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Officer twice fled DUI arrest, colleagues say

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March 18, 2003

JACKSONVILLE -- An off-duty veteran police officer was driving drunk when he led his colleagues on two chases, then scuffled with them, authorities said.

Tom Tarver, 50, was charged Sunday with drunken driving, fleeing police and resisting arrest. Tarver, who joined the Sheriff's Office in 1976, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 percent, according to his arrest report. Under Florida law, anyone registering 0.08 or above is too impaired to drive.

A cab driver tipped off police that a 2001 silver Mercedes was driving erratically and swerving into oncoming traffic.

Sgt. C.B. Shivers and a police supervisor chased Tarver's car for about 11/2 miles before he stopped, according to the arrest report.

Then Tarver drove off again, despite being ordered to stay, police said.

Tarver drove through a yard before stopping in front of his house, police said.

Tarver hit Officer D.B. Edmonds in the face when he tried to make an arrest, police said. Three officers then took Tarver to the ground and arrested him.

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