A Rhinelander Post Office mail carrier was cited for operating while intoxicated while on the job last week, according to a police report.
The report states that Sgt. Kurt Helke of the Rhinelander Police Department responded to the post office at 1:50 p.m. on March 13 following the report that postal worker Edward Bradaseric drove a postal van to the post office while intoxicated.
According to the police report, postmaster Darlyn Jackson said other employees saw the 57-year-old Bradaseric pull up in his postal van. She also said a customer was in the office filing a complaint about Bradaseric being drunk while delivering mail.
In the report it says that Helke noted slurred speech and a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Bradaseric. He administered standard field sobriety tests, the report says, but did not finish them because he was concerned for the safety of Bradaseric, who was having a hard time keeping balance while standing still. According to the report, Bradaseric admitted that he was drunk, and said he was upset because he ran over his dog with a car. He said he had been drinking vodka the night before and had a shot before coming to work in the morning. Bradaseric said he didn't have any alcohol after coming to work at 7:30 a.m., but did mention that he stopped at his residence for a lunch break, the report says.
A preliminary breath test resulted in a reading of .348. The legal limit is .08. Bradaseric was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for treatment, the report says.
Postmaster Darlyn Jackson declined to comment on Bradaseric's arrest, but did say that he is officially on "emergency placement," an off-duty nonpay status applied when action is still ongoing for situations like this.
OWI (first offense) is a fine and license revocation for a period of six to nine months. Bradaseric has a court date scheduled for March 26.
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