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Echo Press photo by Celeste Beam Deputy Jeff Beck with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office talked with a driver he had pulled over for speeding. The driver was also given a field sobriety test and Breathalyzer, and passed both.

After midnight: Ride-along offers look into how safe Alexandria roads are during the early morning hours

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Editor's note: The Echo Press recently received an invitation from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to have a reporter ride along during a deputy's "Safe and Sober" shift. The following is a first-hand account of the experience.

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When I was first asked by Deputy Jeff Beck with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to do a ride along during his Safe and Sober shift I hesitated because at the time, it was a morning shift, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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