Pinal County risk management employee accused of driving drunk


by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on April 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 6 at 7:41 PM

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A 30-year-old risk management specialist, employed by Pinal County, allegedly engaged in both risky and illegal behavior Thursday night.

Martin Wilcots, who has been an employee of the county since 2007, was busted by Casa Grande police just after 7:00 p.m. on charges of driving his county vehicle while "under the influence" and allegedly having an open container of alcohol, a bag of pot and a quantity of cocaine inside the county car.

After spending the night in Pinal County's jail, Wilcots declined comment at his Florence home on Friday.

Casa Grande police spokesman Thomas Anderson said it all started when an officer noticed Wilcots' was driving his county car erratically as he was leaving a Circle K convenience store. The officer followed. 

Wilcots then promptly pulled into a nearby apartment complex where he reportedly parked the car, got out, and according to police eventually admitted to everything.

Wilcots is now on paid administrative leave from his Pinal County Job -- the typical course of action during an investigation like this, according to what a county spokeswoman told 3TV.

Last year, Pinal County saw two high-ranking officials, assessor Paul Larkin and deputy assessor Jacqueline Minto, both arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

"There's a lot of people out that do drugs these days but it takes more common sense if you're a county employee if you're still doing things like that eventually you're gonna get caught," said Tiffany Roberts, a neighbor of Wilcots.

Wilcots conducted seminars for new county employees telling them how to avoid risk on the job.