Healthcare Provider CEO on Leave Following DUI Arrest - NBC Connecticut

Healthcare Provider CEO on Leave Following DUI Arrest



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    The CEO for a Connecticut healthcare provider has taken a short leave of absence following a DUI arrest. 

    Eastern Connecticut Health Network's Peter Karl, the company's CEO, was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend.

    "We fully support his decision to take this time to address personal matters related to this issue," Nina Kruse, vice president of ECHN, said in a statement. "We do not anticipate that this issue will have any negative impact on ongoing operations or the pending transaction to be acquired by Prospect Medical Holdings."

    On Sept. 3, a witnesses said he saw a BMW on Main Street with a man slumped over. Fearing the man was dead, he called police around 10:17 p.m., according to West Hartford Police.

    Responding officers said Karl was leaning against his car when they arrived and he was observed urinating his pants. When Karl was asked to perform sobriety tests, he failed, police said. 

    Police said they also found a partially drank bottle of bourbon in the front passenger floor board.

    Karl was arrested and his car was towed.