Dash Cam video of Port Richey's City Manager, Tom O'Neill, caused the New Port Richey Chief of Police to re-open the case from the night he was possibly intoxicated behind the wheel, but not issued a DUI.
New Port Richey, Florida -- Port Richey's city manager pleaded no contest to an July 2013 DUI arrest on Monday.
Tom O'Neill was sentenced to 12 months probation, fines and must attend a multiple offender DUI school and any recommended treatment. Additionally, O'Neill's drivers license was suspended for six months and is subject to a curfew, except for work, school, treatment or counseling.
O'Neill released a written statement in which he apologized for his actions. "I misjudged my personal condition and thought I was okay and I wasn't," he said in the statement. "I have made a decision to make better life choices and an incident of this nature will never happen again. I expect better of myself."
READ: Tom O'Neill's letter of apology (PDF)
O'Neill was pulled over on the night of July 13, 2013, where dash-cam video
showed the city manager getting out of his car -- with help -- and
attempting to take a field sobriety test but was "too dazed" to do it,
according to an officer at the scene.
Police were criticized for their handling of the case, because at the time O'Neill was only taken to the hospital and the case was closed without any charges.
After dash-cam video was released to the public, the chief of police in New Port Richey re-opened the case and O'Neill was charged with DUI.
O'Neill submitted his resignation to Port Richey City Council, but the council rejected it, instead suspending him for 30 days without pay.
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