Peterson reportedly performed poorly on several field sobriety tests, including a one-leg-stand test that had to be stopped. His breathing sample registered a 0.224 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit.
“Mr. Peterson could not comprehend instructions and began taking steps and lost his balance, so testing had to be stopped for his safety,” according to the report.
In the Tuesday council meeting, officials said Peterson’s suspension was suggested based on the arrest and “questions about recent job performance,” but Calhoun Mayor Jimmy Palmer and council members did not comment further on the motion.
Assistant City Administrator Paul Worley will serve as acting city administrator during the suspension.