NORTH COUNTY DUI: RINCON FIRE CHIEF ARRESTED FOR SAN DIEGO DUI PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE
SAN DIEGO DUI DEFENSE NEWS
NORTH COUNTY: The Rincon tribal government has placed its part-time fire chief on administrative leave after his Dec. 17 arrest on suspicion of drunken driving while taking his children to school in a department vehicle.
Nobody was seriously injured when Gerad Rodriguez, 47, flipped his sport utility vehicle on state Route 76 near Pauma Valley Road.
The California Highway Patrol said he was driving with more than 0.08 percent of alcohol in his blood.
Rodriguez is free on $12,500 bail pending arraignment Jan. 28. The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case and has not filed charges.
“The tribal council is not willing to rush to any judgment until we have had time to consider all of the facts,” Rincon Chairman Vernon Wright said in a statement. Rodriguez, whose full-time job is with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, is still employed there, spokesman Maurice Luque said.
“We haven't suspended him,” he said, though he couldn't say whether Rodriguez has taken a voluntary leave.