DOT Supervisor Arrested For Drunk Driving, Hit And Run – Gets License Back So As Not To Get Fired?

Posted on January 18, 2013


New Mexico (The Gaslamp Post) – Usually, when one is pulled over and cited for drunk driving, they are arrested and they lose their license.  Usually, that is, unless you’re a supervisor with the DOT.

Must be nice…

New Mexico DOT, Right-of-Way/Utilities Bureau general manager Ronald Noedel

Police arrested a 48-year-old man at his home last June after they suspected he had been involved in a hit-and-run accident, earlier that night.  Right-of-Way/Utilities Bureau general manager Ronald Noedel was arrested after authorities say he blew a .30, which is 3 times over the legal limit, and had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

After he was charged with DWI, the state of New Mexico took his driver’s license as standard procedure would dictate, but after filing for an appeal, a District Court judge recently gave him his license back until his DWI charge could be resolved.  The court decided that since Noedel’s job depended on him being able to drive, that the only way for him to be able to keep his job of over 20 years was to have his driving privileges reinstated.

“If he loses his license for more than 90 days, since driving is part of his job description, then he will lose his job,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Melissa Dosher.  If convicted, Noedel could lose his driver’s license for up to a year.

(h/t:  KRQE-TV)