Leader of Portland’s transit union guilty of DUI



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the union representing the Portland area’s transit workers has been found guilty of drunken driving.

The Oregonian reports that Jonathan Justin Hunt was found guilty Thursday by a Multnomah County jury.

It was the second trial for 40-year-old Hunt, who was arrested last December after Gresham police found him slumped over and asleep at the wheel. The first trial ended in a mistrial.

Hunt’s defense attorney says his client passed one of the field sobriety tests. He was able to stand on one leg.

Hunt is scheduled to be sentenced next week. He could face several days in jail and a few years of probation. Hunt, who has a commercial driver’s license, will lose all his driving privileges for one year.

It’s unclear whether the conviction will affect Hunt’s status as president of Amalgamated Transit Union 757, which represents more than 2,000 TriMet operators, mechanics and support-staff members.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com