Lewis Co. Sheriff's deputy arrested on suspicion of DUI

CHEHALIS, Wash. -- A Lewis County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence and has been placed on administrative leave.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Deputy Christopher Fulton, a 31-year-old Napavine resident, was off duty and driving his personal vehicle around 12:45 a.m. on I-5 in Chehalis when he was stopped by a Washington State Patrol trooper.

Fulton was arrested but not booked into Lewis County Jail, which is common practice, State Patrol spokesperson Bob Calkins said. He was later put on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident.

In a press release, Sheriff Steve Mansfield said he will not tolerate that type of behavior from employees, whether they are on duty or off.

“I am extremely embarrassed, upset and disappointed,” Sheriff Steve Mansfield said in a press release. “This community depends on our deputies to protect them, keep them from harm, and uphold the law. Impaired drivers are one of the biggest threats to people in our community.”

According to the Sheriff's Office, more information about the incident will be released once the investigation is complete.