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SCDOT director resigns after DUI arrest

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St. Onge was stopped about 8 a.m. Friday on Interstate 20. St. Onge was stopped about 8 a.m. Friday on Interstate 20.
COLUMBIA, SC - The director of South Carolina's transportation department is resigning after a drunken driving arrest.

Robert St. Onge resigned Friday, citing personal reasons. Gov. Nikki Haley notified legislative leaders in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that Christy Hall will be acting secretary until she finds a permanent replacement.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres says St. Onge was stopped about 8 a.m. Friday on Interstate 20. Beres says a breath test at the Lexington County jail registered his blood-alcohol level at 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal threshold.

The sheriff's department says St. Onge was released from jail Friday afternoon on his own recognizance.

Haley named the retired Army major general to lead the transportation department in January 2011.

No one answered the phone Friday at his home.
State Representative Leon Stavrinakis released the following statement about the dangerous Ravenel Bridge conditions: 

"I am disappointed to learn that the Governor's appointed leader of SCDOT was caught drunk driving this morning instead of working to ensure that the Ravenel Bridge was safe and ready for traffic today, two days after the winter storm ended. Instead drivers were put at great risk of injury and tens of thousands more inconvenienced. This lack of leadership and accountability are flat out unacceptable. Clearly the people of Charleston County and taxpayers across South Carolina are entitled to some answers."  

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