CL Councilor admits to driving under influence

October 12, 2005

Cascade Locks City Councilor Rob Brostoff pleaded guilty on Monday to drunk driving and agreed to enter an alcohol treatment program.

“I think Rob is ashamed of his conduct on the night in question, and he’s going to do everything in his power to get back on track,” said James Cunningham, the Portland attorney representing Brostoff.

On Aug. 20, the public official was pulled over near the Cascade Locks site of a white supremacist rally. He had reportedly cruised by the scene with its strong law enforcement presence to check out the controversial event.

After noting that Brostoff was driving erratically, a sheriff’s deputy pulled him over and determined that he appeared to be intoxicated.

The deputy then put Brostoff through a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. Brostoff was subsequently transported to the Hood River County Courthouse where he registered a .26 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) on the intoxilyzer. That is more than three times the .08 legal drinking limit. After being arrested for DUII, he was then booked into NORCOR and held overnight.

On Oct. 10, Circuit Court Judge Paul Crowley allowed Brostoff to enter a diversion program because it was his first offense. Crowley also delivered a strong message to Brostoff that failure to fulfill the conditions of treatment would bring jail time and monetary penalties.

“A .26 (BAC) is a lot, a lot, of alcohol. That’s not driving under the influence, that’s driving three sheets to the wind,” said Crowley, “It’s important that you take advantage of your treatment options.”

Brostoff will be scheduled for an evaluation about his use of alcohol within the next two weeks. A recommendation for treatment will be made following that analysis.

He has served on the Cascade Locks Council since being appointed in July of 2000. Brostoff was then voted into office that same fall and re-elected in November of 2004.

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