DOYLESTOWN >> Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub announced on Monday that charges of driving under the influence have been filed against former Deputy Sheriff Joseph F. Rafferty III.
Rafferty, 45, of Furlong, is charged with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of DUI, as well as a summary offense of driving with an open container of alcohol. He has resigned from the Bucks County Sheriff’s Department, where he held the rank of sergeant, effective Oct. 3.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a Newtown Township police officer encountered Rafferty in an impaired condition shortly before 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 on Stoopville Road near Hemlock Drive.
A 911 call received minutes earlier had reported that the 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by Rafferty had been seen “swerving all over the roadway” on Stoopville Road. The vehicle was stopped by the side of the road when the officer encountered Rafferty.
The officer reported that Rafferty showed signs of impairment, and was unable to stand without assistance, the affidavit said. A half-full bottle of vodka was found inside the vehicle, and Rafferty told officers that his condition was the result of drinking, according to the affidavit.
Rafferty also told officers that he was taking prescription medications for a back condition at the time.
The investigation further revealed that Rafferty had been driving with three of his children in the vehicle a short time before officers encountered him, the affidavit said.
The charges were filed at the court of Magisterial District Judge Michael W. Petrucci in Newtown Borough.