Elizabeth L. Parker, Esq.
SHERIFF’S LIEUTENANT ORDERED TO WEAR DEVICE The Sun Sentinel by Missy Stoddard A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s lieutenant has been ordered by a judge to wear an ankle bracelet to measure his blood-alcohol level every 30 minutes. David Carhart, facing misdemeanor charges for allegedly breaking into an ex-girlfriends home in the summer, also is prohibited from carrying a gun or drinking, according to an order signed Friday by County Judge Paul Moyle. Carhart was demoted from captain to lieutenant after an internal investigation found he violated agency rules when he broke into his girlfriends home and drove an unmarked cruiser while impaired in late July. On Wednesday evening, the Sheriff’s Office placed the 22-year veteran on administrative leave with pay, sheriff’s spokesman Paul Miller said. Moyle’s order forbids Carhart from having any contact with Cheryl Griffin, his former girlfriend who is a Royal Palm Beach police officer, or Tracy Seberg, who has accused Carhart of stalking her. “You will not go to where they live, work or hang out,” Moyle told Carhart Friday in court. “You will have no contact with them whatsoever.” Dressed in a dark suit, a somber Carhart politely responded to the judge’s questions with “yes, sir” and “no, sir”. Carhart must attend one substance abuse counseling session per week. He faces up to two years in prison if convicted as charged. The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Program-or SCRAM- records a person’s bloodalcohol level every half hour through perspiration. The State Attorney’s Office has been using the relatively new device for a couple of months, said Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Parker, typically in DUI cases. Carhart attorney Scott Richardson declined to comment on the case. No trial date has been set.