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Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy placed on leave amid third DUI arrest

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- A Pueblo County Sheriff's Deputy was placed on leave after receiving being arrested for the third time for driving under the influence.

On June 5th, Pueblo County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Claus, a detention deputy, was arrested for driving under the influence.

According to the Huerfano County Sheriff's office, Claus was arrested and was released a short time later on June 5th, 2021.

This incident was not the first DUI for Claus. In 2006, he was arrested for driving under the influence in El Paso County and Teller County.

He pled guilty in Teller County to driving under the influence in 2006 and pled guilty in El Paso County in 2007.

However, despite the numerous DUI's, Claus has only been placed on leave by the sheriff's office.

Jeremy Loew, a lawyer in Colorado Springs, and spoke to KRDO about his experience with DUI court proceedings.

"I have literally never seen somebody with three driving under the influence convictions ever keep their employment as a law enforcement officer," Loew said.

He went on to say it surprised him that a deputy in charge of upholding the law would violate it.

"It's really surprising that an individual with multiple DUI offenses would be on any kind of law enforcement unit," said Lowe. "Obviously, if you can't obey the law, you should probably not be trying to enforce the law as well. It seems a bit hypocritical."

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office issued a statement to KRDO saying:

We took action immediately when we were contacted by Huerfano County. The deputy is on leave as we continue an investigation by our office and allow him due process

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

According to Loew, a third DUI conviction would mean a mandatory 60 days in jail, as well as the revocation of a drivers license for a year. Additionally, a breathalyzer system would need to be installed in the defendant vehicle for the first 30 days.

He has already had a series of status conference hearings for the Huerfano County arrest. An additional status conference is scheduled for October 19th in Huerfano County.

The Sheriff's Office did not give a timetable on when Claus' leave will end. Claus has been a Pueblo County Sheriff's Deputy for four years.

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Sean Rice

Sean is a reporter based out of Pueblo for KRDO. Learn more about him here.

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6 Comments

  1. I can understand him being hired 4 years ago when his prior offenses were about 14/15 years ago. But reoffending for the same reason should be automatic dismissal from a law enforcement position.

  2. That thin blue line is the very reason cops are taking heat. The Laws that rule us all should apply to them as well.

  3. PPD, Shine on you crazy diamond. The Attorney General believes the Aurora PD’s problem is “Systemic”. But it must only exist there and not at nearly every agency… Why would the public believe otherwise with the sheer number of violations and encounters that prove otherwise. Tell me again how there isn’t a double standard that treats Elected Officials, Law Enforcement and wealthy differently than the common populace, perhaps we will believe it this time…

  4. Just one more reason to distrust Pueblo officers. If you know someone on the force you usually skate through any charges. He should be handed his walking papers. But with the new police chief…who knows.

  5. Third DUI? The first one should have been enough to take his badge and fire him. And this guy carries a weapon? And once again I have to say to Check….you are correct!

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