Orlando police officer arrested for DUI in Oviedo

By Jeff Allen, Seminole County Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:18 PM EST
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News 13 has learned an Orlando police officer is off the job after police in Seminole County say he became violent during an arrest for driving under the influence.

Just before 6 p.m. Sunday, a driver at the intersection of Mitchell Hammock Road and State Road 434 in Oviedo noticed an SUV sitting at the intersection through two different traffic lights and called police.

911 dispatcher: “Does the driver looked passed out?  
Driver: “Uh, no, he’s not passed out but he does not look fit to drive. He looks drunk, or high or something I have no idea.”

Arrest records show when Oviedo police approached the Ford Explorer, off-duty Orlando police officer Sean Matthew Gilhuly was in the driver seat. Gilhuly also had an open container in his front seat.

The arrest report stated officers removed a handgun from Gilhuly’s SUV for safety reasons.

The 30-year-old was so intoxicated, the arrest report said Gilhuly could not stand up on his own.

But when officers asked Gilhuly if he had been drinking, he said “no,” and repeatedly told an arresting officer, “Don’t (expletive) me over,” and refused to take a sobriety test.

At the jail, records show Gilhuly was combative, kicking and dislocating the window of a patrol car. A nurse determined he was too drunk to medically clear him to be booked into jail.

Gilhuly was taken to the emergency room where he had to be physically restrained repeatedly, medicated to calm down, and then, officers said Gilhuly told them he wanted to die.

The report mentions that Gilhuly’s supervisor told investigators the officer has been “undergoing personal issues.”

An Orlando Police Department spokesperson said Gilhuly has been relieved of his duties pending an internal investigation.  Due to labor agreement rules, he will remain on the payroll pending that investigation.

Gilhuly was released from the John E. Polk Correctional Facility Monday, the day after his arrest.

A judge at his first appearance found probably cause for DUI and criminal mischief charges, but because of his lack of criminal history, Gilhuly was released on his own recognizance without having to pay bond.

Gilhuly is ordered to not have or drink alcohol.

He is due back in court on charges in February.