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Another Duke worker arrested on DUI charges in company vehicle

By Rontina McCann - bio|email

OWENSVILLE, OH (FOX19) - For the second time in three days a Duke Energy worker is arrested for driving drunk in a company vehicle.

"We are very concerned as a company, its very unfortunate," Duke Spokesperson Sally Thelen says.

Tuesday night Owensville officers stopped 45 year-old William K. Foster for speeding. When the officer approached the vehicle he said he could smell alcohol. Foster refused a field sobriety test and was taken into custody.

He then was taken to Mercy Hospital in Batavia for shortness of breath. Foster will appear in court May 14 at 8:30 a.m. on DUI, driving with a suspended license and speeding charges.

This is the third time this year Foster has been arrested for driving under the influence. The first happened in Highland county on Feb. 10 and the second Feb. 27 in Clermont County by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It is not known at this time if he was driving a Duke vehicle in those arrests.

There is a trial scheduled before Judge Thomas Herman in Clermont county in June for that charge.

Duke Energy says Foster is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Officials also assure the public that they will take the appropriate action based on that investigation.

Meanwhile, Duke Energy will be looking at its employees.

"We'll be taking steps to re-enforce our policies with our employees over the next several days to make sure everyone is aware and very clear on them," Thelen said.


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