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Sheriff, top deputy suspended over mishandling of DUI case

Sheriff Robin Nagamine Sheriff Robin Nagamine
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The man in charge of the state's sheriff division has been suspended without pay along with his top deputy following an investigation into a DUI case involving another deputy two years ago.

State Sheriff Robin Nagamine confirmed his suspension to Hawaii News Now Monday afternoon. 

He said he disagrees with the penalty and plans to appeal the decision.

In a statement, the Department of Public Safety says, First Deputy Patrick Lee and Nagamine are on "unspecified leave".

The department will not say anything else about the case including how long the suspensions will last or how many other leaders in the department are being suspended.

The high-level disciplinary action is apparently centers around the arrest of Sheriff Patrick Lewis in 2013.  He was charged with DUI and had his license suspended after an accident involving a state vehicle.     

The criminal charge was later dismissed.

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