Eugene prosecutor fired after DUI arrest

A car is pulled over by police (MGN Online, file)
A car is pulled over by police (MGN Online, file)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene city manager has fired the city prosecutor, who was arrested for investigation of drunken driving but has not been charged.

The Register-Guard reports that state officials reviewing Dan Barkovic’s arrest have not yet decided whether he will be charged. His job duties included prosecuting people accused of drunken driving.

City Manager Jon Ruiz acted Wednesday.

City spokeswoman Jan Bohman says Barkovic was fired “in light of his arrest for driving under the influence and his refusal to take the alcohol breath test.”

The 60-year-old prosecutor says he made “a very bad decision to drive that evening” and accepts responsibility for the decision.

He has been on paid administrative leave since the Sept. 22 arrest. Bohman says Barkovic will receive about $27,000 in severance. He was paid more than $94,000 a year.

Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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