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Fired Onondaga County sheriff’s deputy sentenced in DWI case

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Kevin Drumm, a former Onondaga County sheriff’s deputy who was charged with drunken driving while off duty last year, pleaded guilty this week.

Drumm pleaded guilty in DeWitt Town Court to driving while ability impaired by alcohol. He was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge. He also has to pay a $500 fine with a $260 surcharge and his license is suspended for 90 days, according to the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office.

The October 2021 charge was his second erratic driving episode while employed as a deputy. The first was in 2017 when he was involved in a hit-and-run in Tully, but never charged with DWI.

On June 24, Drumm was fired from his deputy job, according to county records. The sheriff’s office has declined comment.

As part of the sentencing, Drumm also is required to complete the New York State Impaired Driving Program (DMV Course) and the Victim Impact Panel.

This ends nearly five years of trouble surrounding Drumm, which began with his first driving-related arrest in 2017.

The former deputy was involved in a hit-and-run after drinking, though he was not charged with driving while intoxicated. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident; that charge was dropped.

Back then, Sheriff Gene Conway requested Drumm quit. Drumm refused and won $16,000 in back pay. He was assigned to a desk job.

Then in October 2021 he was pulled over Interstate 481near the Route 298 exit north of the Thruway after someone reported a pickup truck driving erratically.

Drumm was charged with DWI, along with moving from lane unsafely and refusing a blood alcohol test. His license was suspended for refusing the blood alcohol test, according to court papers. He was suspended without pay for 30 days but then returned to a desk job.

Drumm hadn’t worked road patrol since the 2017 incident. His 2020 salary was $85,092, according to public records.

Elizabeth Doran covers education, suburban government and development, breaking news and more. Got a tip, comment or story idea? Contact her anytime at 315-470-3012 or email edoran@syracuse.com

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