Sunday, March 2, 2008

Wiener of the Week

It's that time again - the Wiener of the Week Award, and this one's a doozy.

Talk about your irony! Meet Peggy Cioffi, the Regional Head of the Comprehensive Offender Rehabilitation and Education program in Florida. Then meet her BAC.

The leader of a Treasure Coast-wide agency established to provide classes for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was suspended from her job Wednesday in the wake of her DUI arrest Monday.

Cioffi, whose blood alcohol level was measured in a breath test at 0.336, could not immediately be reached for comment. The legal driving limit in Florida is 0.08 percent.

An auto accident on Martin Downs Boulevard in Palm City shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday led to Cioffi's arrest about an hour and a half later at her home in the Lighthouse Point subdivision, a deputy's report says.

Cioffi was accused of striking another car with her Nissan SUV near Matheson Avenue, driving home, pulling away from a deputy as he tried to handcuff her, and screaming so loud neighbors came out of their homes, a deputy's report says.

Okay, everybody makes mistakes. But surely one would expect the head of an anti-drunk driving agency to at least call a cab when she's plowed. 0.336? Isn't that pretty much the definition of blind drunk? Wow!

For pretty much undoing everything she's worked to achieve for nearly 20 years, Peggy Cioffi is my Wiener of the Week.