SCDOT Director arrested for DUI
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 04:45:00 GMT —
LEXINGTON (WACH) -- The director of the South Carolina Department of Transportation is stepping down after being arrested for driving under the influence.
According to arrest records Robert St. Onge was arrested Friday morning for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A spokesperson for the South Carolina Highway Patrol says just before 8:00 am troopers were called by Lexington County Deputies to a traffic stop on I-20.
Sgt. Robert Beres says Onge was driving a Honda Accord and was stopped for erratic driving.
Beres says the former SCDOT director failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
At the jail Beres says Onge took a Breathalyzer test registering .20 nearly three times the legal limit.
In a letter addressed to Governor Nikki Haley, Onge said he was resigning effective today for personal reasons and thanked Haley for allowing him the time to serve South Carolina.
Doug Mayer a spokesman for the Governor says "General St. Onge is a good man with a lifetime of service to his country, and more recently, our state.
That said, we have a no tolerance policy for our state agency directors, and so General St. Onge has resigned as Secretary of Transportation.
The Governor thanks him for his work fixing the serious fiscal issues he inherited at the Department of Transportation - the state is better off because of his service."
In a letter to lawmakers, Haley appointed Christy Hall the deputy secretary of finance and procurement as the acting secretary of the department.
The Governor says she intends to find a permanent appointee to present to lawmakers for confirmation.