An Illinois Department of Transportation official who has represented the agency at events about safe driving remains on the job following his arrest last month for allegedly driving drunk.
Carmen W. Iacullo, 58, was arrested Nov. 20 in west suburban Wood Dale and charged with two counts of driving under the influence, improper lane usage and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, according to DuPage County court files.
IDOT officials said they were aware of Iacullo’s arrest and that he continues to work in his position as operations manager in the Chicago region and assistant to the department’s regional engineer.
“The Illinois Department of Transportation takes the issue of drinking and driving very seriously,’’ IDOT said in a statement. “Employees are subject to various levels of discipline, depending on the circumstances of the offense, if they are convicted.”
Asked why a top safety official such as Iacullo was not being held to a higher standard, an IDOT official said: “This one didn’t rise to that level. He was off-duty and driving his private vehicle.’’
Iacullo has represented IDOT at many press events about safe driving. Last month he appeared at a news conference about the approaching winter driving season.
Iacullo, of Chicago, was stopped about 12:05 a.m. as he drove his Mercury Sable east on Irving Park Road, near the intersection with Oak Avenue. Police reported that following the stop, Iacullo showed poor balance and had red, glassy, bloodshot eyes. His blood-alcohol level was .098, above the state limit of .08, according to the report.
Iacullo could not be reached for comment. He is due in court Dec. 28.