Authorities called to Tuxedo supervisor's home for 2nd time in 2 weeks after DWI arrestPosted: Updated:
Authorities were called to the Tuxedo town supervisor's home over the weekend for the second time in two weeks following a DWI arrest.
There was a police and EMS response on Saturday outside of the home of three-term Tuxedo Supervisor Mike Rost.
First responders were allegedly there for a possible overdose call, according to several official sources. They tell News 12 Rost's son called 911 for help, claiming his father was unconscious and couldn't be woken up after allegedly taking "alcohol and prescription Xanax."
On Tuesday, Rost answered the door at his home with bloodshot eyes and stitches on his forehead.
The supervisor is facing a DWI charge for allegedly crashing his car last month into a telephone pole in town.
As for Saturday, he tells News 12 he suffered a medical incident the day after returning home from being hospitalized in another police and EMS incident at his home two weeks before – when he says he fell and suffered a serious head injury.
Multiple official sources in town allege both calls to his home are substance-abuse related.
Rost is up for re-election. He denies the allegations and says the incidents are being taken out of context as a political attack.
"I am very concerned about his wellbeing," says Town Councilman Ken English, who is running against Rost for town supervisor. "Morale is low at Town Hall due to his erratic behavior. Deputy Supervisor David McMillen has been working with the Town Board to fill the gap but without knowing whether Mr. Rost will return, it has reduced the efficacy of his efforts."
Rost missed Monday night's board meeting, but says he was working on the budget.