Florence City Coordinator Richard Lunnemann was arrested late Thursday night on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police and court reports. Lunnemann was driving a city-issued vehicle.
Mayor Diane Whalen said Monday that the city would investigate and not allow Lunnemann to operate a city-owned vehicle in the meantime.
Lunnemann, 48, was arrested by a Boone County Sheriff's Deputy and released Friday on $500 bond, according to officlal reports. He was stopped about 11:40 p.m. on Burlington Pike near McGrath because his tail lamps weren't operating, the deputy's report says.
The deputy said he noticed slurred speech and the smell of alcohol coming from the car. Lunnemann told the deputy he had drunk two beers at his brother's residence. When the deputy challenged Lunnemann's account, Lunnemann said he had drunk four beers.
Lunnemann was given three sobriety tests and failed all of them, the report says.
WCPO Digital called Lunnemann for his comment, but he said his attorney advised him not to speak because the case is still pending.
In a statement Monday, Whalen said:
"This incident occurred after business hours and was not related to his city duties. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding this unfortunate incident and take any action deemed appropriate.
"Pending the final determination of the court case, Mr. Lunnemann will not be permitted to operate any city owned vehicle. Any further disciplinary action on the part of the city will not occur until the final court hearing has been held.
"The City of Florence is very attentive to ensuring all of its employees conduct themselves with the highest personal and professional conduct and does not take this matter lightly."
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