August 13, 2010 8:53 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

SAN BERNARDINO • Former County Supervisor and Tax Assessor Bill Postmus was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs in court Thursday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Postmus, 39, was in court for a preliminary hearing facing multiple felony counts of embezzlement, perjury and drug abuse among other charges related to a wideranging corruption probe.

His co-defendant Greg Eyler, former taxpayer advocate for the Assessor’s office under Postmus, was also in court.

Both men have been accused of using the county Assessor’s office to run a personal political operation.

Postmus exhibited signs in San Bernardino Superior Court of being under the influence, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said by phone. She could not provide details.

Postmus, who served as San Bernardino County 1st District supervisor representing the High Desert, was waiting for his case to be called when a deputy quietly escorted him into the back of the court. There, the deputy conducted standard field sobriety tests, according to Postmus’ attorney, Stephen Levine.

Postmus did not return to the courtroom.

Around 10:15 a.m. Postmus was booked into West Valley Detention Center, where he likely was given a blood test for drugs, Bachman said. He was processed and released shortly after 4 p.m.

“One of the DA investigators basically said he believed that (Postmus) was under the influence,” Levine said. He said the investigators’ insistence on the testing was “unprofessional” and a “selective” effort to smear Postmus’ public image.

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