Bartender fired for calling cops on drunk driver

Bartender fired for calling cops on drunk driver

SHELBY, Ohio - A bartender says she was fired after she called police about an intoxicated patron who left the bar and drove off.

Twyla DeVito said she was proud to work at the American Legion Post in Shelby, Ohio.

"They do a lot of good for this community, for our veterans," she said.

But her tenure tending bar came to an abrubt end last week.

She arrived at work and found a regular at the bar - an officer with the Legion Post - already drunk.

"I came into work, he was already there, pretty much hammered," DeVito said. "He ordered a beer, I gave it to him, and then I started to try to slow it down, serving him."

DeVito said when the man went to leave, she knew he wasn't in any shape to drive.

"I called the police and said we have a very drunk person leaving the bar," DeVito said. "He is going to kill someone or himself."

Police Chief Charlie Roub said one of his officers located the driver - and came to the same conclusion.

According to the police report, the driver in question - Mike Ramey - had a .167 blood-alcohol content.

"That's a little over twice the legal limit," Roub said.

Police arrested Ramey for opearting a vehicle while intoxicated.

Two days later, DeVito got a call from her boss at the Legion Post.

"He said I'm gonna have to fire you because it's bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops," she said.

The Commander of the Legion Post wouldn't answer questions on camera but said that while DeVito probably did the right thing morally, she didn't do the right thing for the business.

"If every patron who comes in here has to worry about the cops waiting for them when they leave, the place would be empty," Mic Hubbard said in a statement.

DeVito said she did what she felt she had to do. She is glad her job was the only thing lost that night.

"I stand by what I did," she said. "And I would do it again."