Morning Business: Buchanan Staffer Resigns
Florida GOP Rep. Vern Buchanans district director resigned this week after he was arrested for driving with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.2 well above the 0.08 legal driving limit.
[IMGCAP(1)]Ronald Turner, 39, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, just three months after a another drunken-driving arrest in Manatee County.
He told officers that he had a glass of wine, as well as a vodka after that, according to the probable cause affidavit. Turner also told officers that he had taken Hydrocodone earlier.
In the affidavit, Turner said he was heading home from a bar named Kirbys. The arrest report describes a clearly drunk Turner, noting that his eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol.
Officers pulled him over after watching his Mercedes swerve all over the road.
He was charged with driving under the influence with a previous conviction, driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol of more than 0.2, according to the arrest report.
Buchanan spokeswoman Sally Tibbetts said Turner had worked as district director since January 2007, overseeing the operations of all of Buchanans district offices. He recently took a leave of absence to focus on his position as coordinator for Buchanans re-election campaign.
On Monday, he resigned both positions because of the arrest, Tibbetts said. The office is hoping to fill the campaign coordinator job as soon as possible, she said.