Special Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Faces Drunken-Driving Charges


UPDATED: Wednesday November 28, 2012 5:19 PM

A man who has volunteered as a Franklin County Sheriff's Special Deputy for more than 20 years was suspended after being arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence.

According to police, Thomas Banks was driving more than 20 miles above the speed limit on East Johnstown Road in Gahanna on Nov. 17. Officials said that he also traveled left of center.

Police said that they pulled Banks over, and he pulled out his Franklin County Sheriff's credentials. He served as a special deputy which means he volunteers with the department and has the arresting privileges of a full-time deputy.

Banks allegedly told officers that he had not had anything to drink, but later said that he had seven shots of an unknown substance.

Banks was charged in connection with driving under the influence.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said that Banks' credentials have been revoked.

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