UPDATE: Top Jindal aide to enter program for DWI arrest, avoids trial

UPDATE: Top Jindal aide to enter program for DWI arrest, avoids trial
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:40am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:46am

THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: On Tuesday, Feb. 7 Paul Rainwater agreed to participate in a year-long program for DWI offenders instead of going to trial for his recent arrest.

Rainwater will enter a pre-trial diversion program that’s open to first time offenders. He will have to breathe into an ignition interlock device for six months, which will prevent his car from starting if he’s been drinking. He will also have to pick up trash, enter a substance abuse evaluation program and attend driving improvement school.

ORIGINAL STORY (12-12-2011): One of Governor Jindal's top aides was arrested for drunk driving this weekend.

State Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater, 49, was booked at 1 a.m. this morning, and charged with one count of First Offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, and failure to obey a stop sign.

A spokesperson for Jindal says Rainwater made a mistake and he deeply regrets it. The response also said Rainwater will keep his job.

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