DUI in 2005 comes to light
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 10/20/2010 09:33:01 PM PDT

Paul Biane, the 2nd District’s representative on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, has decided to turn in his county-issued vehicle due to scrutiny of a misdemeanor five years ago.

Biane was arrested in Cook County, Ill., on suspicion of driving under the influence on Oct. 17, 2005, according to documents from the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Cook County.

His charge was reduced to reckless driving in October 2006. He paid a $750 fine and completed 12 hours of alcohol treatment, according to the documents.

“Although I have done nothing wrong in terms of county policy, I do plan on turning in my county vehicle and using my personal vehicle from this point on,” Biane said in a prepared statement.

Biane has been using his county-issued vehicle without interruption since his election to the Board of Supervisors in 2002, county spokesman David Wert said.

The county was never made aware of the incident, he said.

According to DMV officials, there is an out-of-state suspension on Biane’s driver’s license record due to his refusal to take a preliminary Breathalyzer test.

The suspension process lasted about four years, ending in 2009, according to a DMV official.

“To the best of my knowledge, my California driver’s license was valid,” Biane said in his statement. “This fact was verified every year by the county’s auto-insurance provider. If a county policy was violated, neither I nor the county was aware
of it.”

Biane was arrested during a family trip to attend a USC-Notre Dame football game in South Bend, Ind.

He and his parents had dinner in Chicago following the game, where they had a couple glasses of wine, Biane said.

On the drive back to the hotel, Biane pulled over in Park Ridge, Ill., to ask a police officer for directions and was arrested after showing signs of intoxication, he said.

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