by: Richard Thompson Updated:
CHEHALIS, Wash. - Lewis County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Humphrey was arrested by the Washington State Patrol on Sunday on charges of driving under the influence, according to Lewis County Sherriff Steve Mansfield.
The Washington State Patrol said a trooper was on Interstate 5 in Lewis County at the scene of a collision when Humphrey, who was off-duty, tried to drive into an area of the freeway that was closed because of the crash. The trooper stopped Humphrey from entering the area and then determined he was under the influence.
Humphrey, 40, has been with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office for 11 years.
"Deputy Humphrey will be processed through the criminal justice system just like anyone else arrested for the same offense," Mansfield said.
In addition to the criminal case, Mansfield said Humphrey will also undergo an internal investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
Humphrey is currently on paid administrative leave.