‘Today’s the day my job ends,’ SC DOT director says on video of DUI arrest
Posted: Feb 03, 2014 7:34 PM EST Updated: Feb 03, 2014 7:48 PM EST
COLUMBIA, SC –
Police dashboard video of the arrest of former Department of Transportation director Robert St. Onge shows him telling the arresting trooper he had some vodka the night before but did not consider himself impaired.
The video provided Monday through a public records request shows St. Onge was alone in his Honda when he was pulled over on Interstate 20 at 8 a.m. Friday.
He was arrested after several sobriety tests and driven in handcuffs to the Lexington County jail. According to the incident report, a breath test taken there registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent.
St. Onge appeared calm and respectful throughout the roadside process.
On video, he is shown walking back and forth along a line and later trying to count to 4 several times on his fingers. That counting test appears to trigger authorities to place St. Onge under arrest.
He requested not to be in handcuffs and said “today’s the day my job ends.”
Gov. Nikki Haley accepted his resignation Friday.
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