PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office intoxilyzer technician was suspended for two weeks without pay after he allegedly asked out a woman facing a DUI charge for a date, a report reveals.
An Internal Affairs report released by PBSO found that James Biggs with the sheriff's office's Breath and Alcohol Testing Center texted a woman asking her out on a date two days after she was arrested for driving under the influence in September of 2018. While Biggs did not administer the breathalyzer test to her at this time, he was there during her initial arrest, according to the report.
The department first learned of the texts when the defense attorney for the woman alerted her the assistant state attorney to the messages. He told the assistant state attorney while he did not want to make a formal complaint, he did find the messages concerning.
An investigation was then launched into the test messages.
In the text messages, Biggs reached out to the woman, offering to meet her at Bar Louie, the report states. The woman refused, saying she didn't want to go to any bar, according to the report. He then offered to take her out to dinner, the report says.
"I really appreciate your offer more than you know," the woman reportedly wrote back. "Can you give me some time to process everything?"
According to the assistant state's attorney, the state attorney's office was forced to reduce the original plea deal because of Biggs' actions and if they went to court, they would probably lose the trial.
Biggs, when confronted with the incident, admitted that he had texted her after she gave him her number at the holding cell. He also told investigators that it would never happen again.
"BAT. Tech Biggs said it was improper for him to contact (the woman), the defendant in a DUI case. He could see how his actions could affect the outcome of the case and make PBSO look bad. He said this would never happen again," the report notes.
Biggs was given a two week suspension, according to PBSO.