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Former Sheriff Pat Sullivan Once Again In Trouble For Meth

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DENVER (AP/CBS4) — A former Arapahoe County sheriff convicted in a meth-for-sex case has violated his probation by testing positive for meth and alcohol.

Court documents released Monday show Patrick Sullivan, 71, tested positive for methamphetamine use three times between September and March. The documents say Sullivan tested positive for alcohol use four times between April 2012 and last August.

Pat Sullivan in court on Nov. 27, 2012  (credit: CBS)

Pat Sullivan in court on Nov. 27, 2012 (credit: CBS)

Sullivan has now been summoned to appear in court later this week facing revocation of his probation.

Attorney and CBS4 legal analyst Karen Steinhauser says the court could see the former sheriff’s behavior as taking advantage of a good thing.

“He was given a very good disposition in this case and concern that he is not taking the requirements of his probation seriously,” said Steinhauser.

Court documents claim he also failed to provide more than 30 required drug screens. Additionally, on eight of them the drug screens presented were too diluted to assure a valid result.

Sullivan was sentenced in 2012 to 38 days in jail and placed on two years’ probation after pleading guilty to felony possession of methamphetamine and soliciting for prostitution.

A judge in March extended Sullivan’s probation after he failed a urine test.

Steinhauser says on the one hand it could be viewed as addiction issue but on the other he admitted wrongfully leaving Colorado twice.

“This is somebody who understands more than many people what the consequences of that decision are,” she said.

A hearing on his probation is scheduled for Thursday.

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