Source- But in Florida, a 4-year deputy being honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making more than 100 DUI arrests was too intoxicated to pick up his award.
Pinellas County deputy Michael Szeliga arrived at a statewide police training event "ready to party," according to WFLA.
Szeliga, who allegedly packed a bottle of liquor for the 2-day training event in Fort Lauderdale, was described as “staggeringly drunk” by a witness at the Friday night banquet where he was slated to receive the MADD award.
A 274-page report on the deputy’s behavior indicates he and two other officers went to the hotel pool, where they drank alcohol instead of attending DUI training. Szeliga drank and played cornhole until he saw his fellow deputies leaving training. Then he returned to his room to get ready for the awards ceremony.
According to the report, he was so intoxicated the police chief from Gulfport, Florida, suggested Szeliga not go to the event. The deputy then made “disrespectful comments” toward the police chief, who reported the behavior to Szeliga’s boss.
Another officer reported seeing the deputy wearing “nothing but boxer shorts” in the hallway of the hotel, according to WFLA.
Here is my one word response to this story..."and?". No seriously, I am failing to see the issue here. I thought this guy was getting an award for giving out a bunch of DUI's. Am I wrong? The fact that he got piss drunk, and was wandering around in his underwear doesn't negate all of those lengthy, pain in the ass tickets he had to write. If a man can't show up to a celebration of his achievements inebriated then what's the point of celebrating his achievements? I thought this was 'Mothers Against Drunk Driving', not 'Mothers Against Drunk Partying'. The other 'D' exists for a reason ladies, and if you get Officer Szeliga drunk enough then you might just see it fall out of his boxers in the hotel lobby.
There's no bylaw that says you had to be a good, responsible person to become a police officer that performs his job to the best of his abilities. Who cares that this guy missed DUI training? Once you get an award for being so good at something that should grant you immunity from learning more about it. You know why Micheal doesn't need DUI training? Because he knows exactly what a drunk person looks like. He's learned from experience. Both personal and in the line of duty. He should be teaching the class, not reprimanded for missing it. Shit, they should have grabbed his drunk ass from the pool area and used him as an example of what to expect from someone that has had too much to drink. A 274 page report on the deputy's behavior? That sounds like the best weekend ever. Even my best bingers are probably only worthy of an 80 page memoir. Dude's got a whole novel devoted to how much fun he had at a DUI conference. Can't wait until he gets off his shift so I can see if he's free for happy hour. This guy needs to be applauded for being an out of control drunk that's not only smart to realize he shouldn't be driving, but upholds the law to make sure others don't either.
Hey ladies, are you MADD?