Shortly after declaring Wisconsin to be in a “safety crisis” because of rising traffic fatalities, the state’s top transportation safety official was arrested on charges of drunken driving. John Evans, 52, a 25-year state employee, was cited by a sheriff’s deputy on allegations of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the Milwukee Journal Sentinel reports. His blood-alcohol level was 0.14 when he was arrested; the level considered evidence of intoxication is 0.08.
A few hours before his arrest, he spoke to a Journal Sentinel reporter for a story that reported traffic deaths had risen 14% so far this year. “We’re just shocked and saddened,” said Kari Kinnard, state executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.