On January 23, 2021, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested former Haines City Police Officer David Arkuszeski (28-years-old) of Winter Haven and middle school teacher Brandy Reinert (40-years-old) of Mulberry for DUI and other charges.
“Law enforcement officers and educators are positive role models in our community. It angers me that these two, through their actions this weekend, have tarnished that image.” – Grady Judd, Sheriff
David Arkuszeski (28-years-old) of Winter Haven
At around 12:15 a.m., January 23, 2021, deputies responded to a report of a possible impaired driver who crashed into a resident’s mailbox on Berkley Road in Auburndale.
Deputies located Arkuszeski, standing outside his vehicle, on the shoulder of Berkley Road near the intersection of Pace Road. There was damage to the vehicle’s windshield and passenger side mirror.
According to the affidavit, when deputies spoke with Arkuszeski, “he was observed to speak with a strong odor of the impurities of alcohol emitting from his breath as he spoke. The suspect spoke with a distinct slurred speech pattern. The suspect was observed to sway (Greater than 2 inches) while standing still.”
Arkuszeski was arrested for DUI with Property Damage (M1) and Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Property Damage (M2). He was transported to the Polk County Jail where his blood alcohol level was recorded as 0.125 and 0.126. Arkuszeski was released on a $750.00 bond.
Arkuszeski is a former Haines City Police Officer who recently resigned from the agency. Please direct questions concerning his employment to the City of Haines City.
Brandy Reinert (40-years-old) of Mulberry
At around 11:30 p.m. on January 23, 2021, deputies found Reinert in the Miller’s Ale House (5650 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland) parking lot. She was sitting in the driver’s seat of her running 2011 Dodge Caliber and smoking what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette.
According to the affidavit, Reinert “placed a partially smoked possible marijuana cigarette on the roof of her” and “was uneasy exiting her vehicle.” She told deputies “she had cotton mouth from smoking cannabis in her car following a long day of work.” She also told deputies, “I knew I should have waited until I got home. I’m already guilty.”
Deputies tested the cigarette for marijuana, and it yielded a positive result that was higher than a 1% THC content.
Reinert was arrested for DUI (M1), Possession of Marijuana (M1), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M1). Her criminal history includes an arrest for Armed Robbery and False Imprisonment. Reinert was released on a $1500.00 bond.
Reinert is an ESE middle school teacher for grades 6 through 8 at Stambaugh Middle School in Auburndale. Please direct questions concerning her employment to Polk County Public Schools.