Atlantic Beach deputy city manager arrested on DUI charge

Police say SUV driven by Kevin Hogencamp was weaving & unable to maintain speed

By Garrett Pelican - Digital executive producer, Kent Justice - Anchor/reporter

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - The deputy city manager for Atlantic Beach was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence over the weekend.

Kevin Hogencamp, 56, was driving a silver Ford Explorer, which was stopped along J. Turner Butler Boulevard shortly after midnight Saturday after the vehicle was seen weaving back and forth, police said.

Once the SUV was pulled over, the officer noted that Hogencamp's eyes were watery and bloodshot, and there was a faint scent of alcohol on his breath, according to a copy of his arrest report.

Asked if he had been drinking, Hogencamp acknowledged having a glass of wine during dinner at Bonefish Grill and two more glasses of wine at Blue Jay in Jacksonville Beach, the report said.

The officer noted that Hogencamp appeared to be walking normally when he was asked to step out of the vehicle. After his Miranda Rights were read, Hogencamp agreed to submit to field sobriety tests.

Based on the results of those tests, the arresting officer determined that Hogencamp was "too impaired to have been operating a motor vehicle" and he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI.

The 56-year-old was booked into the Duval County jail on the misdemeanor charge shortly before 2:30 a.m. and released later that day on his own recognizance.

Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser said city leaders will respond accordingly.

"Until something happens to point us in another direction, Kevin's (Hogencamp's) position is secure. He provides a lot of great service to us in Atlantic Beach," Glasser said. "We're going to let the system do its job before we take any kind of action."

City Manager Joe Gerrity said the city is taking the matter seriously.

"What Mr. Hogenkamp is accused of is not something we take lightly," Gerrity said. "With that being said, he was in his personal vehicle on his own time. I have reminded him that he is a representative of Atlantic Beach and that his actions need to be reflective of his important role within our community."

Hogencamp could not immediately be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

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