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City clerk accused of drinking, driving

Seminole City Clerk Sandy Tulecki was charged early Saturday with drunken driving, less than a month after she started working for the city.

Tulecki, 30, was stopped about 2:20 a.m. at 52nd Avenue and 28th Street, just west of the St. Petersburg city limits, after a Pinellas deputy saw her driving carelessly.

She failed sobriety tests, and a breath test found her alcohol level was 0.197, a police report said. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired at 0.08.

It's the second time in three years that Tulecki, a St. Petersburg resident, has been charged with drunken driving. After her arrest in May 1995, she pleaded no contest, her driver's license was revoked for six months and she was put on probation for a year, court records show.

City Manager Frank Edmunds said he will speak with Tulecki and review the circumstances of her recent arrest before deciding whether discipline is warranted.

"Once I speak with the employee as well as review the (personnel) policy, we'll make a determination at that time," Edmunds said.

Tulecki's first day on the $30,000-a-year job was April 8. City leaders chose her to replace retired clerk Dorothy Cramer because of her strong background in record-keeping and her outgoing personality, Edmunds said.

A Coast Guard veteran, Tulecki worked as a financial analyst at Special Data Processing in Clearwater before joining the city.