CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy facing drunken driving charges over two crashes on Interstate 25 has lost his job.

The sheriff’s office said Wednesday 33-year-old Eric Schneider is no longer employed by the agency. Officials refused further comment, but Schneider’s family told CBS4 that Schneider resigned his position.

Schneider is accused of stopping his SUV in the middle of northbound I-25 at about 11:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Police spokeswoman Karen McGrath says Schneider’s SUV and two other vehicles were involved in one crash, and a second crash occurred after a vehicle rear-ended the last of three vehicles that had stopped behind Schneider.

Schneider’s father called CBS4 Wednesday and said, “He’s taking ownership of what happened even though there are circumstances not being reported yet.”

Schneider faces charges of drunken driving and careless driving. Schneider could not be reached for comment and there was no court record indicating Schneider had an attorney.

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Comments (2)
  1. Jeff says:

    Went from working in the jail to being an inmate.

  2. John says:

    I wonder if this will help him see things in a light he never thought possible before?
    It was only last week we were discussing being careful of how harshly you want to punish someone for their mistake, you or a loved one could be next.
    He won’t go to jail for this I don’t think but I wonder if he can now maybe see a side of people he wateched in jail that he never saw before.
    We all make mistakes folks, how about we stop crucifying each other for them?
    He looks like a kid that just made a mistake, in this case an expensive one.
    He needs to lose his locense and his job but also needs to be given the chance to move on with his life after a mistake.
    Just looking at his picture I bet he will be fine ag=fter he gets by paying dearly for his bad judgement.
    A good thig is no one was seriously hurt.

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