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More Details in Waltham City Employee DUI Case

Mark Casella, a city employee, was recently arrested for DUI.

An additional detail has been revealed about the situation surrounding a Waltham city government employee recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mayor Jeanette McCarthy, in a Dec. 21 email, said "the employee is not authorized to drive any city vehicle," referring to Mark Casella.

Casella was arrested on Dec. 9 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (second offense). He was found unconscious behind the wheel of a truck on Pleasant Street where police later found him, according to police. Police investigated the incident and determined Casella was intoxicated and arrested him. He also failed a field sobriety test, police said. 

McCarthy has not specified for which department Casella works. 

"Everything else is a personnel issue, which I am not permitted to
comment on," McCarthy wrote.

Attempts to reach Casella have been unsuccessful. A call to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office for updates on Casella's case went unreturned on Dec. 21.

TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
LaCroix should be fired and in the unemployment line. Guess we all can go home and attack our spouses- Since our CHIEF of police can!
SCOWE DAVIDC December 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Its funny that all the previous comments about this story have been edited out. The ones that tell everyone that the guy was on vacation, on his own time, nowhere near or in a City vehicle when it happened and that it has nothing to do with the City. Even the Mayor stated that it was a personal issue and she wasnt even going to bother commenting on it. I guess when you need something for the people to read about you can re-arrange things and start the story all over again under a different heading. Where do all the other 99% of the DUI's in this City work and what do there bosses have to say. How come theres no story on them. The guy wasnt driving a City vehicle or even working when it happened. I guess you have to keep people like TheHam that think all the City employees do nothing but waste there tax money happy and give them fuel for there fight against anyone Civil Service. They dont care that 6 guys spent all night and half of Christmas day sanding and salting the streets so that you can actually get to where you were going that day. Of course we got paid for it, why shouldnt we. Dont you get paid when you show up for work. The issue is getting them to let their families wake up in the morning to open presents without them. Why dont you put there faces on a billboard.
Ryan Grannan-Doll December 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
David C, You misread the Mayor's statement. She said this was a "personnel issue" not a "personal issue." That means she cannot comment much because of city regulations. For more information on this issue, please review these links: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personnel http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal
Mark Miller December 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I think it's dispicable how this reporter keeps bringing up this incident and is changing the facts now ! ! ! When it's a "joe shmo" thats gets arrested its reported and dropped, just because it happened to a city worker it keeps coming up. ya know what Ryan, go back to starbucks and make coffee cuz your a horrible reporter ! ! I'll take a cafe latte please ! ! !
Karla Vallance December 31, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Tell me, Mr. Miller, what facts have been changed? Happy to hear. Otherwise, to quote from our Terms of Use: "While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks..."

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