DOT director resigns after DUI arrest

Robert St Onge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's transportation department has resigned following a drunken driving arrest.

Robert St. Onge resigned Friday, citing personal reasons. Gov. Nikki Haley notified legislative leaders in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that Christy Hall will be acting secretary until she finds a permanent replacement.

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department website says St. Onge was arrested Friday and charged with driving under the influence first offense.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres says St. Onge was stopped about 8 a.m. Friday on Interstate 20. Beres says a breath test at the Lexington County jail registered his blood-alcohol level at 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal threshold.

The sheriff's department says St. Onge was released from jail Friday afternoon on his own recognizance.

Haley named the retired Army major general to lead the transportation department in January 2011. The 66-year-old retired in 2003 after 34 years in the Army.

St. Onge has often said his job is to "manage the decline of the state highway system."

No one answered the phone Friday at his home.