Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This can't look good on a resume

What does one do when you're the top law enforcement official in the county and the driver of the car in which you are riding is stopped and arrested for driving while intoxicated? Why, if you're the top law enforcement official in the county would you allow your campaign manager to get behind the wheel of the car drunk? Why would you get in the passenger seat?

Cuyahoga County (OH) Prosecutor Bill Mason is stuck trying to answer those questions after it was revealed that he was a passenger in a car driven by his friend and campaign manager Tom Regas earlier this month.

Mr. Regas was arrested for DWI after allegedly failing a battery of coordination exercises administered by police. Mr. Regas also declined to take a breath test. When asked how much he had to drink, Mr. Regas said he drank "several" glasses of wine. He said Mr. Mason had consumed about the same amount as he did.

In what must have been some sort of an oversight, the arresting officer failed to note that the County Prosecutor was a passenger. Another officer was kind enough to drive Mr. Mason home and drop off the councilman's car at his house.

Rumors are circulating that Mr. Mason will resign his post under pressure from MADD.

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