Metro Transit Driver Fired for Driving Drunk
A Metro Transit bus driver accused of driving drunk on the job was fired last week, the Star Tribune reported.
Alonzo V. Martin, 46, was arrested on March 21 after witnessed reported that the Route 5 bus he was driving was swerving all over the road.
Police said he Martin to hide a beer can when we has stopped, and he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24.
He was dismissed on March 23 for “gross misconduct,” Bob Gibbons, a spokesman for Metro Transit, told the Star Tribune.
In addition to violating the Metropolitan Council’s drug and alcohol policy, Martin is accused of falsifying his employment application and falsifying statements to a manager’s inquiry, Gibbons said.
In a response to the incident, Metro Transit is reviewing its hiring policies as well as its procedures for evaluating employees.
Gibbons also said Martin did not file a grievance over his discharge during the six-day period following his dismissal.
Metro Transit said this incident is unprecedented in the company’s history.