One of the top administrators of the Minnesota State Lottery was arrested for driving under the influence recently. The woman was allegedly driving under the influence when she crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car, resulting in serious injuries for the 73-year-old in the other vehicle. The woman is still employed by the Minnesota State Lottery.
The case is apparently being reviewed, and it is being called a “personal matter.” At this point, there is very little information out there about the actual arrest and the charges against the woman. But what is clear from the source article is that the woman’s job may be in jeopardy.
Yes, the article clearly states that the woman is still employed and that the executive director is aware of the issue. But the very fact that this even has to be mentioned is evidence enough that the woman’s career is at least being discussed and that her continued employment could become a major sticking point in this case.
This happens all the time to people who are accused of driving under the influence, and it can absolutely ruin their lives. Not only are they dealing with the legal consequences of their offense (with things like jail time, fines, loss of license, and even the loss of their vehicle), but they are also dealing with the “indirect” consequences of the offense. Their criminal history can make it very difficult for them to retain their current job or to find a new one.
Source: Daily Journal, “State lottery’s assistant director accused of second drunken driving charge,” Associated Press, March 26, 2015