The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 9, 2010

AP: Turnpike official resigns, cites two DUIs

HARRISBURG — The vice chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has resigned over a pair of drunken driving convictions while operating a state vehicle.

In a letter to Gov. Ed Rendell dated Monday and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, turnpike commission Vice Chairman Timothy Carson says he was convicted of driving under the influence in 2003 and 2006. He said both incidents occurred while he was driving a turnpike commission vehicle.

Carson says he is now taking responsibility for the incidents and has been in treatment since the second conviction. The letter did not explain why he waited five years to resign.

Carson says he paid for damage to the vehicles on both occasions out of his own pocket, but failed to notify the commission as required.