NY State Police: Rochester's Deputy Mayor's blood alcohol level was .13, going 70MPH in a 55

Updated: 03/20/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 03/20/2014 11:39 AM WHEC.com

He’s the second in command in the city of Rochester and he’s facing criminal charges accused of driving drunk. The deputy mayor’s blood alcohol level, according to police, was 0.13. That’s almost twice the legal limit.

Leonard Redon was pulled over Wednesday night by state police on I-490 downtown. He’s charged with DWI. He’s also accused of speeding and driving with an expired inspection. Redon did meet Mayor Warren Thursday morning.

News10NBC saw the deputy mayor in his car Thursday afternoon. State police say it’s the same car he was pulled over in Wednesday night. 

The deputy mayor was pulled over on I-490 downtown near the Clinton Avenue exit. State police say he was going 70 in a 55 and his inspection was overdue. State police say they gave him a breath test and he blew 0.13, almost twice the legal limit. 

Chris Christopher, City spokeswoman, said, “Needless to say Mayor Warren is very disappointed in this turn of events and in the deputy mayor's lapse in judgment.”

City spokeswoman Chris Christopher says the mayor met with the deputy mayor and talked about a resignation. 

News10NBC’s Berkeley Brean said, “Chris, did the deputy mayor offer a resignation to the mayor?”

Chris Christopher, City spokeswoman, said, “Yes.”

Brean said, “And she didn't take it?

Christopher said, “She did not accept his resignation.”

Brean said, “Why not?”

Christopher said, “He's doing good work on behalf of the people of Rochester. He is sincerely contrite.”

Len Redon was named deputy mayor in 2011 by then Mayor Tom Richards. Mayor Lovely Warren asked Redon to stay on as part of her staff. He was a long time executive at Kodak and Paychex before that. 

Now, the city says he's taking personal days until next week. 

Chris Christopher, City spokeswoman, said, “There's a very simple and very important lesson here. Don't drink and drive.”

The deputy mayor will be in court on this charge in April. State police say only a court can suspend a license. The city says his condition was affected by his newly diagnosed diabetes. 

Dr. Joe Stankaitis, CMO, Monroe Plan, said, "The ADA recommends that for men they should consume no more than two drinks per day if you're a diabetic, and women even less than that. So that's one of the issues that's out there, and people ought to be aware of that."

Officials at City Hall say Redon does not have any prior arrests or incidents involving drunk driving.

Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement saying, “While I am very disappointed in this turn of events and the Deputy Mayor's lapse in judgment, I have accepted his apology. Leonard Redon is a valued member of my team who is doing good work on behalf of the people of Rochester.  I know he is sincerely regretful for the embarrassment he has caused for the city, for me and for himself and will take steps to assure that it never happens again."

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