By Garth O'Brien | August 26, 2010
Filed Under Celebrity DUI
Huntington Beach, California. Robert Rizzo used to be the City Manager of Bell, California, but he left his post after some trouble. The monkey on his back was a DUI arrest and his “generous” salary. Bell is a small city surrounded by Los Angeles and as of the 2000 census had a population of 36,664. Apparently, the small community was not happy that Rizzo was making $800,000.00 a year. That seems to be quite excessive when you compare other politician salaries. For example, the current Governor of Washington State, Christine Gregoire, earns $166,891.00 annually. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger makes only $212,179.00 a year.
Not only was Rizzo grossly overpaid for his job, but he also left a black eye on the office when he was busted for DUI. Rizzo was reported for crashing his car into a mailbox. Officers tracked Rizzo to his home and conducted a thorough investigation. Rizzo was asked to participate in the field sobriety tests, but officers stopped the tests because Rizzo could not keep his balance. Then police collected some damning evidence; Rizzo produced a 0.28 breath test sample. California’s legal limit is 0.08.
Even though he blew well over the limit Rizzo was able to avoid jail from his DUI conviction. He will pay a fine, complete 10 days of community service and will need to complete a 9 month substance abuse program.