It is almost obvious that with few exceptions, a person operating a government vehicle is required to follow all traffic laws. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol would definitely be a violation of both traffic laws and rules governing the use of the government vehicle. As a society, we generally tend to hold government employees to a higher standard than the common public. They are, however, human and can commit the same mistakes as other citizens. NBC Los Angeles reports on an ICE agent who was arrested for DUI.
43-year-old Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Edward Zuchelli was arrested last month in San Diego.
At the time of the arrest, Zuchelli was driving an ICE vehicle and was allegedly intoxicated.
The arrest took place just off Blue Lake Drive near Lake Murray Boulevard. According to police, Zuchelli had stopped a person riding a dirt bike on city streets. A confrontation ensued and Zuchelli pulled a gun.
The unidentified man called the police. San Diego police determined that Zuchelli was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.
Zuchelli was booked into jail under charges of criminal threats, brandishing a gun, and driving under the influence.
A woman who claimed to be Zuchelli’s “ex” posted bail for him and he was released.
Neighbors of Zuchelli’s described him as dedicated to his children and were surprised by the incident.