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Sheriff's deputy charged with driving drunk [Updated]

July 26, 2011 |  3:05 pm

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy collided with another car while driving drunk, then fled the scene, according to prosecutors.

Deputy Michael Anthony Grundy, 45, was charged this week with allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level almost twice the legal limit, while simultaneously under the influence of another drug in a January incident.

Grundy hit another car in the middle of a South L.A. intersection, injuring the other driver, but he fled the scene, according to prosecutors.

He was later discovered by two fellow sheriff's deputies, and taken back to the accident scene, where he was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers.

He was charged with two felony counts relating to drunk driving and another for fleeing. He pleaded not guilty.

According to prosecutors, Grundy had been convicted of drunk driving before, in Riverside in 2005.

His current status with the Sheriff's Department was not immediately clear.

[Updated, 5:30 p.m.: A Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said late Tuesday afternoon that Grundy has been relieved of duty without pay, pending the outcome of the criminal prosecution.]

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