SCDOT director resigns after DUI arrest

SCDOT director resigns after DUI arrest

The director of South Carolina's transportation department resigned Friday after he was charged with driving under the influence.

Secretary of Transportation Robert St. Onge wrote to Gov. Nikki Haley Friday, citing personal reasons for his immediate resignation.

St. Onge was pulled over by a Lexington County Sheriff's deputy just before 8 a.m. Friday on I-20 east in Columbia for erratic driving, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Troopers responded and performed a breath test. St. Onge blew a .20, which is almost three times the legal limit.

"General St. Onge is a good man with a lifetime of service to his country, and more recently, our state," said Doug Mayer, spokesman for Haley. "That said, we have a no tolerance policy for our state agency directors, and so General St. Onge has resigned as Secretary of Transportation. The governor thanks him for his work fixing the serious fiscal issues he inherited at the Department of Transportation – the state is better off because of his service."

Haley notified legislators that Christy Hall, deputy secretary of finance and procurement for SCDOT, will be acting secretary until a permanent replacement can be found.

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