Re-post Of Righeimer Questioned About Sobriety (Update)
An Explanation: I had to delete the first version of this post from yesterday... a bug infected it, as some of you with Internet Explorer already know. This should have fixed it... I retained all the comments posted previously. Sorry about the confusion.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Righeimer Questioned About Sobriety(Updated)
When I saw this story in the Daily Pilot, HERE, I hesitated about writing about it at all. I didn't want to be accused of piling on. However, despite the fact that, according to the Daily Pilot report, Righeimer was NOT under the influence, it IS news and it is VERY unlikely that this story is going to go away any time soon.
I have never seen Righeimer drink and I have never seen him drive. So, I have never seen him drive drunk. Many people who will read the Daily Pilot article and this note will assume that Righeimer is correct - that he was "set up" by political opponents. That, of course, is very possible - he's made a lot of enemies in this town through his actions since he arrived six years ago.
I'd like to think that the call that generated members of the Costa Mesa Police Department to go to his home and give him a preliminary sobriety investigation in front of his children was made by a person seriously concerned about getting someone they perceived to be driving while impaired off the road. Yeah, I can hear the groans out there now.
Righeimer has created a situation, going back at least two years, where he's not a popular subject among members the Costa Mesa employee family. If this was, in fact, a "set up", that is absolutely unacceptable behavior. Those who did it MUST cease that kind of crap immediately. If you read this blog and are responsible for it, PLEASE STOP!
On Wednesday evening, August 22, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a motorist called the Costa Mesa Police Department to report that he was following a possibly intoxicated driver. The caller provided a description of the vehicle and followed it to a residence. An officer arrived and made contact with motorist who pointed out the residence of the driver of the vehicle. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as City Council Member Jim Righeimer, and determined that Mr. Righeimer had not been drinking and was not under the influence. The Police Department is currently looking into the initial information received to ensure its validity.
NOW WE WAIT FOR THE RESULTS...
At this point it seems there is nothing else to do except await the results of the investigation by the Costa Mesa Police Department into this situation. I, for one, sure hope that happens FAST!