A DUI arrest can happen to anyone, even if you are the deputy mayor of Rochester, New York. Leonard Redon, 62, the deputy mayor of the City of Rochester, was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) on Wednesday, March 18, 2014.
At around 11:30 pm, troopers stopped Redon for speeding on the I-490 near the Clinton Avenue exit. The officers suspected Redon to be under the influence. They measured his blood-alcohol content which came back at .13 percent. The legal limit in New York is .08 percent. Redon was arrested for DWI, speeding and having an expired inspection.
Redon will have to appear in court on April 8, 2014.
The City of Rochester released the following statement regarding Redon’s DWI arrest:
Deputy Mayor Redon informed Mayor Warren at approximately 1 a.m. and offered his most sincere apologies to both the Mayor and to the people of Rochester. The Mayor met with Deputy Mayor Redon this morning where they discussed his lapse in judgment and possible resignation. After speaking with the Deputy Mayor and learning of his newly diagnosed medical condition which may have affected his decision-making, they jointly concluded that he should take several of his allotted personal days to seek counseling from his personal physician. The Deputy Mayor has no history of alcoholism or previous arrests for DWI or DUI. This information is not intended to minimize the seriousness of the issue in any way.
Mayor Warren said, “While I am very disappointed in this turn of events and the Deputy Mayor’s lapse in judgment, I have accepted his apology. Leonard Redon is a valued member of my team who is doing good work on behalf of the people of Rochester. I know he is sincerely regretful for the embarrassment he has caused for the city, for me and for himself and will take steps to assure that it never happens again.”
“There is an important lesson for everyone here,” she continued. “Drinking and driving is never an acceptable choice. It puts everyone in danger,” she concluded.
Just about anyone can be arrested for a DUI. It’s important to understand that you’re not alone. There is a DUI lawyer out there who can give you the legal help you need during this stressful time. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, contact a lawyer right away!