I was reading the news today when I came across the article about a football coach who may be removed from his job because of a DUI arrest. Unintended consequences… it is one of the most appropriate terms for a San Diego DUI. Does someone’s decision making need to be scrutinized by their employer if someone gets a San Diego DUI?
A San Diego DUI comes with so many penalties. Some of which happen while the individual walks into court.
I have written in previous articles about DMV license suspensions, San Diego DUI fines, and DUI education courses.
However, today we focus on an individual’s job. There are some professions (Nurses, teachers, police) who have to go through a process when receiving a San Diego DUI. Some jobs take it on a case-by-case basis. Should they?
On one hand people would say that individual’s decision making is in question and it needs to be determined they should continue with their job. On the other hand, who here has not gone out and had a fun time? Could it be a borderline blood alcohol level and just a drive into checkpoint a few miles from home? Were they even impaired? Has the individual shown any signs of alcohol abuse or bad decision making before? The facts should be taken into consideration and not act with a knee-jerk reaction.
It is a valid argument and a case can be made for both sides. I as an employer would ensure that any criminal charge would be brought to my attention. We then would look over the facts to see if there are any flags.
In any event, the unintended consequences of a San Diego DUI go far beyond the DMV and the courts. It can stretch all the way to your livelihood. Below is an article on the issue. Enjoy the day.
A local high school coach was arrested for driving under the influence after a June traffic stop in Littlestown.
Mike Lippy, who won a district title in 2004 and carries a 95-42 record in 12 seasons with the Littlestown Bolts, was charged with two counts of DUI. He is awaiting a formal arraignment on Aug. 20, according to court documents.
The 59-year-old failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over just after 1 a.m. on June 6, police said. Lab results show that Lippy’s blood alcohol content was .139 when he was tested at Gettysburg Hospital following his arrest. The legal BAC limit to drive in Pennsylvania is .08.
Police said Lippy was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal. While speaking with Lippy, the arresting officer noticed that Lippy smelled of alcohol and his motor skills seemed diminished. After Lippy told the officer he had consumed one or two drinks at a party with a coworker, the officer asked Lippy to perform a field sobriety test. When he was unable to successfully complete the test, Lippy was placed under arrest and transported to Gettysburg Hospital, where he submitted a blood test, court documents state.
Lippy plans to plead not guilty before his arraignment in Adams County Court, according to his attorney, Jeffery Cook
One of the options available to Lippy because he is a first-time offender, Cook added, is an Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition, which is a special pre-trial program meant to rehab the offender without them having to plead guilty and face trial. Cook declined to comment further on the case, saying that it would be inappropriate to add anything else.
“The district has addressed the situation and we are moving forward,” said Littlestown Athletic Director Jeff Laux, who declined to comment further.
Phone calls to Lippy were not returned and Littlestown Superintendent Chris Bigger could not be reached for comment.
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