Off Duty City Employee Charged with DUI

March 5, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Eugene O'Neil

An off duty City of Smithville employee was charged last Friday with driving under the influence.

81 year old Eugene O'Neil, the city's building inspector, is under a $1,500 bond and he will be in court on June 13.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said on Friday, March 1 at around 5:51 p.m. he spotted a 2003 Chevy Silverado on Golf Club Drive with a brake light out and a turn signal not working. He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, O'Neil who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. According to Trooper Johnson, O'Neil allegedly admitted to drinking a beer. Trooper Johnson found in the truck two-40 ounce bottles of King Cobra malt liquor. One bottle was unopened and the other bottle was almost empty.

Trooper Johnson said O'Neil submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood test.

In addition to being charged with DUI, O'Neil was cited for the light violations.

O'Neil was apparently off duty at the time and was driving his own personal vehicle.

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