Port Richey city manager Tom O'Neill sentenced for 2013 DUI charge
4:13 PM, Jan 27, 2014
4:24 AM, Jan 28, 2014
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Port Richey City Manager Tom O'Neill was in court on Monday, sentenced for DUI.
As the I-Team previously reported, O'Neill was found in a red SUV parked in the middle of a residential road on July 13, 2013. The SUV was idling in neutral.
Prosecutors did not specifically seek jail time, but the State Attorney asked for an enhanced penalty based on a prior DUI in 1996.
On Monday, Judge Anne Wansboro sentenced O'Neill to one year of probation, a 6 p.m. curfew, $1,000 fine, no alcohol bars or clubs and he is required to have an interlock device on his vehicle for a year.
The interlock device requires the driver to submit a breath sample before the vehicle will start. If a breath-alcohol concentration of 0.05 or higher is detected by the device, the vehicle will not start.
In a written statement, O'Neill told ABC Action News, "I misjudged my personal condition and thought I was okay and I wasn't. I have made a decision to make better life choices and an incident of this nature will never happen again."
Court documents obtained by ABC Action News showed O'Neill had a .367 blood alcohol content level, four times the legal limit. That level was obtained from a blood draw after O'Neill was taken to a nearby hospital, hours later.
On September 5, O'Neill turned in his resignation, but city council ultimately rejected it, and offered him another alternative, if he received treatment.