More Details in Waltham City Employee DUI Case

Mark Casella, a city employee, was recently arrested for DUI.

An additional detail has been revealed about the situation surrounding a Waltham city government employee recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mayor Jeanette McCarthy, in a Dec. 21 email, said "the employee is not authorized to drive any city vehicle," referring to Mark Casella.

Casella was arrested on Dec. 9 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (second offense). He was found unconscious behind the wheel of a truck on Pleasant Street where police later found him, according to police. Police investigated the incident and determined Casella was intoxicated and arrested him. He also failed a field sobriety test, police said. 

McCarthy has not specified for which department Casella works. 

"Everything else is a personnel issue, which I am not permitted to
comment on," McCarthy wrote.

Attempts to reach Casella have been unsuccessful. A call to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office for updates on Casella's case went unreturned on Dec. 21.

matt December 22, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Report on a real story
J.P December 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Drinking and driving very serious issue. Good thing nobody got hurt.
Jamie W December 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Seriously, leave this guy alone. It's worth an article, sure, but it is not "breaking" nor worthy of the persistent updates. This patch offers a great value to the city, but is teetering dangerously towards being nothing more than a gossip rag feeding off the lowest hanging fruit.
Linda December 22, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Wow this story just keeps getting more confusing, Earlier your article states he was unconcious and now it states passed out! Really Ryan stop changing the wording of your article. This does not make you look like a very good editor. I think maybe people are starting to get a little nervous with there wording. Thank you Mayor McCarthy for basically telling this editor, This is not an issue at the moment that warrants your involvement. I feel at this point that Ryan is beating a dead horse. Why don't you go write an article on the officer who doesnt seem to have done his job to the best of his ability. Leave this man and his family alone and give them there privacy. I could not help but notice they're not on here badgering anyone. Seriously are you this desperate for a story?
Hye December 22, 2012 at 06:24 AM
He is a human being, everyone makes mistakes, everyone deserves a second chance as long as they get the help they need....
Linda December 22, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thank you Ryan for changing passed out to unconcious! Lets not mistaken the facts here and keep it real. Future reference, changing words in an article makes it seem as if there might be some confusion as to what truly happened. Not good for the editing world my friend.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Linda, Let me address your concerns. There was no mistake in fact. Passed out is a synonym for unconscious. Please review this link for more info: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/pass-out_1 Also, I changed it because it is always better to make a point with one word rather than two. Thanks for reading Waltham Patch.
Linda December 22, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Ok Ryan! Just making a point. As an editor you should not change wording. Passed out as in drunk, Unconsious as in medical condition can be two very different things synonym or not. You can keep making all the points you would like. Maybe you should go check the fire department for pending drunk driving cases. Time for a new story, your boring me at this point.
Walter Tham December 24, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Is this the city employee that deserves all this attention? Or should we focus on our former police chief, who is on a permanent vacation with full salary? Who says crime doesn't pay? At least Mr Casella is still performing his duties for the city.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
@Walter Tham, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We are staying up to date on LaCroix's status. Please review this link for more information -- http://waltham.patch.com/articles/jury-selection-scheduled-for-waltham-police-chief-trial. Also, LaCroix is on administrative leave with pay. That is different from permanent vacation.
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
It's a real story when someone who's in a position to lead by example decides to drive drunk. These are the stories we need to hear, that continually get swept under the rug because of who they involve.
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Gossip Mag? No, this is not an article about Lindsay Lohan's 20th offense or the dress Jessica Simpson wore on christmas, this is about a STATE employee breaking the law. These are the people who we make examples out of, not hide their names to save their face. Any time a city employee breaks the law, I think a billboard with their face and crime would be in order. What happened to raising the standards of those who work and get paid with your money??
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Leave this man and his family alone and give them their privacy? Do you have kids Linda? If so, would you have said that line had he hit your child while drinking and driving? The hypocrisy of your comment is mind blowing. But that's because I have children and protect them- not drunk drivers..
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Hye, what if he plowed into your kids while drinking and driving? Would you say that in his defense in court? Didn't think so...
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Linda, show some respect for the person writing the articles you're so passionate about....
TheHam December 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
LaCroix should be fired and in the unemployment line. Guess we all can go home and attack our spouses- Since our CHIEF of police can!
SCOWE DAVIDC December 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Its funny that all the previous comments about this story have been edited out. The ones that tell everyone that the guy was on vacation, on his own time, nowhere near or in a City vehicle when it happened and that it has nothing to do with the City. Even the Mayor stated that it was a personal issue and she wasnt even going to bother commenting on it. I guess when you need something for the people to read about you can re-arrange things and start the story all over again under a different heading. Where do all the other 99% of the DUI's in this City work and what do there bosses have to say. How come theres no story on them. The guy wasnt driving a City vehicle or even working when it happened. I guess you have to keep people like TheHam that think all the City employees do nothing but waste there tax money happy and give them fuel for there fight against anyone Civil Service. They dont care that 6 guys spent all night and half of Christmas day sanding and salting the streets so that you can actually get to where you were going that day. Of course we got paid for it, why shouldnt we. Dont you get paid when you show up for work. The issue is getting them to let their families wake up in the morning to open presents without them. Why dont you put there faces on a billboard.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 29, 2012 at 09:49 PM
David C, You misread the Mayor's statement. She said this was a "personnel issue" not a "personal issue." That means she cannot comment much because of city regulations. For more information on this issue, please review these links: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personnel http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal
Mark Miller December 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I think it's dispicable how this reporter keeps bringing up this incident and is changing the facts now ! ! ! When it's a "joe shmo" thats gets arrested its reported and dropped, just because it happened to a city worker it keeps coming up. ya know what Ryan, go back to starbucks and make coffee cuz your a horrible reporter ! ! I'll take a cafe latte please ! ! !
Karla Vallance December 31, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Tell me, Mr. Miller, what facts have been changed? Happy to hear. Otherwise, to quote from our Terms of Use: "While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks..."


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