Fulton Public Works Commissioner Dan O’Brien is on leave and in a rehab facility following his recent arrest for alleged drunken driving, according to Fulton’s Mayor.
O’Brien, 44, was stopped in the driveway of his Patrick Circle home on May 23 by Fulton Police Officer Chris Jones. The police report of the incident alleges O’Brien drove his pickup truck from W. Third St. to his home, where he was stopped. Mayor Ron Woodward said that someone called 911 to report O’Brien was intoxicated and driving home.
Police allege O’Brien failed all three field sobriety tests given to him and later recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.26% from a breath sample. That was more than three times the legal limit of 0.08%.
“He cooperated with police,” said Mayor Ron Woodward, who added that O’Brien was driving his own vehicle and not a city vehicle.
He said O’Brien called him the day after the arrest to apologize.
Woodward said O’Brien entered a rehabilitation facility two days after his initial court appearance. “I don’t plan on firing him,” Woodward said. “Danny’s been a long-term employee, never had a DWI, never been in trouble. I don’t condone it, but I think he deserves a second chance. If it repeats itself, we can’t tolerate it.
“The good thing is no one got hurt and hopefully it’s a wakeup call if he has an issue.”
Woodward said the department’s road superintendent, Dave Perry, is in charge of the depasrtment while O’Brien is away.