Delaware Alcohol Enforcement Chief charged with DUI www.privateofficer.com
Lewes De Oct 8 2010 A retired state trooper who now heads Delaware’s Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement faces a drunk-driving charge after being arrested early this morning north of Lewes.
Siobhan G. Sullivan, 46, also was charged with speeding in her state-owned SUV when state troopers pulled her over at 3:40 a.m. on Del. 1 near Minos Conaway Road, court records show.
Sullivan, who was former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner’s security chief before she took the new post in November 2008, has been placed on administrative leave with pay “pending further review,’’ Kimberly H. Chandler, spokeswoman for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, which oversees Sullivan’s division, said in a written news release.
Known as DATE, the division that Sullivan heads is responsible for enforcing Delaware’s laws that govern who can supply, sell or transport alcohol, as well as laws that restrict youths from using alcohol or tobacco, and has agents that routinely conduct undercover investigations at bars and liquor stores.
Sullivan did not return calls today. Neither did Chandler or Lewis D. Schirillo, secretary of Safety and Homeland Security.
State police would not discuss the arrest of their former colleague. Spokesman Sgt. Walter Newton referred questions to Schirillo’s office, which also oversees state police.
Court papers, in the form of a Uniform Traffic Complaint and summons, provide only bare-bones details about the arrest. They said a trooper using radar clocked Sullivan’s state-owned 2007 black Dodge Durango going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone. The papers said she was charged with speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol, but provided no other details about the arrest.