SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Two Bay Area Coast Guard officers are facing charges of driving under the influence. Authorities said one of the incidents involved an officer in full uniform heading to work.

Chief Petty Officer Michael Padgett was reporting for duty, when the California Highway Patrol stopped him one mile from the Coast Guard gate at Yerba Buena Island.

In his report, the officer said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol. “And I noticed his eyes were red and watery and his speech was slurred,” the officer said. “As Padgett walked, I noticed he had an unsteady gait.”

Authorities said Padgett had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit.

Padgett, a command duty officer, is responsible for dispatching boats and aircraft, coordinating law enforcement, along with search and rescue operations.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said it has a strict policy on alcohol abuse. “Chief Padgett was temporarily removed from his duties as soon as the Coast Guard was made aware of this incident,” the statement read.

“I’m working, and I’m going through the criminal process and everything,” Padgett told KPIX 5.

Five days before Padgett was arrested, another Coast Guard was also arrested for driving drunk.

According to a Brentwood police report obtained by KPIX 5, Chief Petty Officer Warren Weatherford admitted he had been drinking. He measured 0.14 on the breath test.

Weatherford remains on duty managing the team responsible for navigation safety of every commercial vessel moving in the San Francisco Bay region. That includes making sure ships don’t collide with the Bay Bridge.

Comments (7)

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS San Francisco

Get The New CBS SF Bay Area Local App
LIVE: Monday through Friday from 3am – 3pm PST

Watch & Listen LIVE