Do you think a simple driving under the influence (DUI) violation could ruin your career? Perhaps if you are a truck driver or a NASCAR racer it would, for sure, but you may be surprised at how much a Dui could affect your livelihood.
One person finding out how a Dui affects his job and life is Illinois Auditor General William Holland who was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol. As reported in www.chicagotribune.com.
The 61-year-old Holland was originally spotted for an illegal lane change. He received tickets for both drunken driving and improper lane usage. The incident occurred about midnight, and officers smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed his eyes were glassy and his speech slurred.
Holland failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test. Such refusal triggers a suspension of a license for a year, according to the police documents and the Illinois secretary of state’s office.
Holland is dismissing the charge and makes no apology for his actions saying that what he does on his own time and his own vehicle are his own business. Nice response, right?
Just appointed last year to his third, 10-year term as the state’s government watchdog, Holland has been in his statewide oversight position since 1992. When the House and Senate voted to reappoint him for a third term, he won widespread praise from lawmakers for his investigations into the administration of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
It would be a lifestyle change for sure if he loses his job. Holland’s annual salary is 150,346. I hope he commits to an online DUI class and a life of sobriety.