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Old Monroe mayor charged in alleged drunk driving accident

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Part-time Old Monroe Mayor Michael Padella Part-time Old Monroe Mayor Michael Padella

Old Monroe part-time mayor Michael Padella was charged after an alleged drunk driving crash that put two people in the hospital in September 2015.

But in his full-time job, Padella serves as the city administrator in Weldon Spring.

News 4 went to Weldon Spring looking to get answers from Padella. He wasn't there, but his boss, mayor Donald Licklider was.

"He called me the next day and explained what happened," Licklider said.

Licklider said his city administrator has been open and honest about the accident.

According to court documents it happened back on September 12, 2015 at Mid-Rivers Mall Drive and the I-70 overpass. Court documents say Padella ran a red light, striking a car head-on, sending the two occupants to the hospital. Court records say Padella refused to take a breathalyzer test, but a later blood test showed his blood alcohol level at 0.139. The legal limit is .08.

"I don't believe it will jeopardize his job and I don't think this will do anything with evaluations because as far as I'm concerned this was a personal item, a personal thing," Licklider said.

Padella but he never called News 4 back to comment. Licklider says Padella is getting help.

"He went into treatment and he's going and hasn’t had a drink since September," Licklider said.

Padella may have only been charged recently, but the State Department of Revenue started legal proceedings in 2015 to revoke his license for refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

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