Colorado sheriff arrested on suspicion of DUI — the second arrest this year of a high-ranking Ouray County law enforcement officer

A deputy in rural Ouray County faced the unenviable task of arresting his boss when the county’s sheriff called law enforcement to his house after karaoke night.

Sheriff Lance Fitzgerald was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Nov. 27. The sheriff’s girlfriend also was arrested in connection with the incident.

Fitzgerald called a deputy at 9:40 p.m. Nov. 27 to report that his girlfriend punched him in the face, according to the sheriff’s arrest affidavit. The deputy, Monty English, drove to Fitzgerald’s house and found the sheriff smelling strongly of booze.

The sheriff told the deputy that he and his girlfriend went to a bar in Ouray, where he had a beer and a shot of whiskey. The sheriff said that he and the girlfriend then drove to his home before driving to another bar for karaoke night. At that bar, Fitzgerald said he had a beer and another shot of whiskey, the affidavit states.

At the karaoke night, Fitzgerald, 54, became jealous because he thought his girlfriend was flirting with other men. They left the bar and fought on the drive home, during which his girlfriend punched him in the face, Fitzgerald told the deputy.

The deputy arrested the sheriff’s girlfriend, who said that Fitzgerald had been driving that night despite his drinking.

The deputy left the house and called Undersheriff Ted Wolfe to discuss the situation. The undersheriff said the deputy should ask Fitzgerald to perform roadside sobriety tests.

The deputy returned to the sheriff’s house, where Fitzgerald refused to perform the roadside tests. The deputy then took the sheriff into custody.

Fitzgerald consented to a breathalyzer test at the jail where he registered a blood alcohol content of .133, according to the affidavit.