Liquor enforcement officer charged with DUI

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A state liquor control enforcement officer was charged with driving under the influence after she crashed her state-owned vehicle into another car late Thursday.

Police said Tyrribea Flood, 39, was driving on Ninth Street, Downtown, when she rear-ended another driver who was stopped at Penn Avenue, causing minor damage to his car shortly before midnight.

Two officers who were directing traffic walked over to her car and found her crying. Through sobs, she told them that she was driving a work car and only had her work identification on her.

When an officer smelled alcohol and asked how many drinks she had, she said she had only two beers. But she swayed when she stood up, slurred her speech and was unable to follow directions the officer gave when administering a sobriety test, according to a police report.

She was taken to the Zone 6 police station in the West End, where she registered a blood alcohol content of 0.117.

Her parents drove her home from the station.

Ms. Flood also received summary citations for following the car in front of her too closely and not carrying a driver's license.

Sgt. Anthony Manetta, a spokesman for the state police which oversees the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, said Ms. Flood was not scheduled to be working when the crash occurred, but she may have still been on duty on unscheduled overtime.

He said he was "not privy to that information" because she is now the subject of an internal investigation. He also did not know her status with the bureau.

Ms. Flood has worked for Liquor Control since 2001. Sgt. Manetta did not know what her duties entailed, but said some Liquor Control officers to work undercover in bars to spot violations.

Liquor Control Enforcement officers are not police officers, but some carry service weapons. Sgt. Manetta did not know if Ms. Flood had a service weapon.


Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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