Wednesday Mar 24 2010
Bailiff arrested for showing up to work intoxicated
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
Second alcohol-related charge for deputy
Deputies arrested a Placer County court bailiff after he allegedly showed up to work intoxicated Wednesday. Deputy John Caliguire, 49, was booked into Placer County Jail for the second time in six months after his supervisor suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol while working at the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville. Caliguire allegedly showed “objective signs of intoxication” and had an odor of alcohol, which led his supervisor to request that the bailiff submit to a breathalyzer test, according to Dena Erwin, Placer Sheriff’s spokeswoman. Caliguire registered a .09/.10 percent blood alcohol content, Erwin said. Lt. Jeff Ausnow said action was taken quickly. “In this particular case here’s a guy who showed up for work under the influence of alcohol,” Ausnow said. “He was immediately relieved of duty and then arrested for a violation of probation.” Caliguire was taken into custody for violating his probation for a Feb. 26 driving under the influence conviction and remained jailed Wednesday on $10,000 bail. In November, Caliguire was pulled over by Rocklin Police officers at about 9 a.m. after someone called dispatch to report a driver “who was unable to maintain lanes” near Sunset Boulevard and Topaz Avenue. The arresting officer reported that Caliguire “could barley stand” when he stepped out of the silver pickup he was driving. The bailiff, who then registered a .31 to .33 blood alcohol level, was arrested for driving under the influence. Ausnow said Wednesday that Caliguire received a 90-day sentence that included probation time. After Caliguire’s first arrest, he remained on active duty pending an investigation, Lt. Jeff Ausnow said at the time. On Wednesday, Erwin reported that Caliguire “has been relived of his duties.” He is currently on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation, Ausnow said. “We chose to put him on administrative leave with pay while the case is investigated,” Ausnow said. “I’m not sure we can legally put him on unpaid leave.” Ausnow said employees have a right to an administrative process that must take place before their pay can be withheld. “We have to follow through with due process and see where that leads us,” Ausnow said Wednesday. Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.