Federal Official Charged with DWI

An official with the federal Office of Secure Transportation, which moves nuclear weapons around the country, has been charged with driving while intoxicated.


Craig A. Tucker, 49, of Tijeras was approached by Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies the evening of Jan. 29. They spotted Tucker's vehicle parked partially on N.M. 14 and the sidewalk.
A criminal complaint states Tucker smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot and watery eyes and his speech was slurred. Deputies found an open bottle of beer in the car and Tucker's breath-alcohol content registered 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit.
Tucker is the assistant deputy administrator of the Office of Secure Transportation, which is headquartered in Albuquerque. OST agents transport, escort and defend shipments of nuclear weapons and special nuclear materials in the United States.
Al Stotts, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees OST, said Tucker was removed from his management responsibilities.
Besides the criminal investigation, the Department of Energy's Office of Health Safety and Security is conducting a review of the incident. If Tucker is convicted, he could lose his security clearance and possibly his job, Stotts said.
Stotts said Tucker is still working for NNSA but declined to give details about Tucker's new assignment.
Tucker, who did not return calls seeking comment, is free on $2,500 bail.
His attorney, Ryan J. Villa, declined to comment.

- The Associated Press