THE Huercal de Almeria councillor in charge of Traffic has been banned from driving for eight months after he was caught driving drunk.
He will also have to pay a fine of around €720.
Adolfo Martin Rodriguez, from the conservative Partido Popular (PP), has since resigned from the position although he will remain in charge of the Tax Department at the town hall.
He was stopped on the Torrecardenas road at 5am and two breathalyser tests carried out by the Local Police were positive.
Their report states that he told them “I am not just another citizen, tomorrow I’m a councillor, and I can order you to take your knickers off and salute me when I speak to you.”
Local mayor, Juan Jose Lopez de las Heras (PP) said that Rodriguez handed in his resignation from the Traffic and Road Safety Department later that day, but that he asked him to remain in charge of the other department because “he is a true professional” and has “always had an impeccable attitude”. He also said that although someone in public office should always “set an example, anyone can make a mistake.”
He continued to say that the Guardia Civil and the Local Police both did their job as required and that the local council “does not accept any privileges”.
7 times over limit
A LORRY driver, 53, was arrested in Almeria after he was found to be seven times over the legal alcohol limit on the A-7 motorway.
It was also found that he had tampered with the tachograph in the lorry. The lorry was spotted overtaking at high speed and zigzagging across two lanes of the motorway, apparently because the driver had lost control of the vehicle.
He was stopped at the Nijar exit.