CCSO fires deputy after dismissal from academy

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputy

was fired last month after being dismissed

from the state police academy.

Deputy Nathaniel Drebenstedt was

terminated on Monday, Nov. 20, three

days after an official at the Arkansas Law

Enforcement Training Academy in East

Camden notified CCSO Chief Deputy

Maj. George Frye that Drebenstedt was

found asleep in his room at the academy

and smelled of alcohol.

Juan Reyes, a training supervisor at

the academy, wrote in a Nov. 17 memorandum

that he arrived at the academy at

7:35 that morning and “was immediately

made aware” that Drebenstedt had been

drinking alcohol.

Reyes wrote that he and class coordinator

Tony Madlock went to Drebenstedt’s

room at 7:50 a.m. and found him asleep.

“I woke him up and had him stand up,”

Reyes wrote. “He smelled of alcohol. I

observed a ‘rug burn’ style wound on his

nose and forehead. … I asked Drebenstedt

if he had been drinking. He indicated that

he had been drinking but did not know

where the bottle was. I asked if anyone

else was drinking with him and he stated

that there was no one else. I advised him

to collect his things and that he was dismissed

from the academy.”

Reyes then contacted Frye, who requested

that Drebenstedt be given a field

sobriety test, according to Reyes’ memo.

Drebenstedt failed the field sobriety test,

Reyes wrote, and Reyes took possession

of the keys to the Carroll County vehicle

that Drebenstedt had driven to the academy

as well as his department-issued

weapon.

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