Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snowplow Operator gets Tahoe California DUI

California DUI lawyer news

A city snowplow operator, arrested on suspicion of California DUI driving under the influence while on the job, has resigned.

Anthony Ortiz, 43, submitted his resignation Friday, according to Janet Emmett, human-resources manager for the city of South Lake Tahoe.

The resignation comes before the completion of an internal investigation by the city. "We will not be pursuing any further employment actions," Emmett said.

Ortiz still may face a California DUI driving under the influence charge stemming from an incident in the early-morning hours of Feb. 3, during which Ortiz allegedly was found asleep inside a city snowplow, the smell of alcohol coming from the cab.

"We're treating this as a DUI and handling like we would any DUI case," Police Chief Terry Daniels said last week.

Ortiz's California DUI arraignment had not been scheduled as of Friday.