Chief Petty Officer Michael Padgett was reporting for duty, when the California Highway Patrol stopped him one mile from the Coast Guard gate at Yerba Buena Island.
In his report, the officer said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol. “And I noticed his eyes were red and watery and his speech was slurred,” the officer said. “As Padgett walked, I noticed he had an unsteady gait.”
Authorities said Padgett had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit.
The investigation revealed a white Toyota Prius was traveling eastbound on Highway 111 towards El Dorado Drive when it rear ended a yellow Toyota FJ Cruiser, which was stopped for the eastbound red light at El Dorado Drive.
The driver of the vehicle was determined to be Richard Kay Rockey, age 69 of La Quinta.
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