Mark E. Robitaille: Martin Health System CEO arrested on DUI charge in Stuart

STUART — Martin Health System's chief executive officer was arrested early Sunday on a DUI charge in Stuart, according to Stuart Police Department arrest reports.

Mark E. Robitaille, 61, of the 1100 block of Northeast Quinn Place, Jensen Beach, was stopped in the 800 block of Northwest U.S. 1, after an officer saw a vehicle speeding and swerve into a bicycle lane and "continue to swerve in (its) own lane of traffic" on the Roosevelt Bridge.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Robitaille said in a prepared statement. "Most importantly, I am profoundly grateful that this situation did not result in harm coming to anyone else."

When the Stuart Police officer stopped the white BMW, the driver identified himself as Robitaille and said he was coming from the Willoughby Country Club, on Doubleton Drive in Stuart. The officer smelled the odor of alcohol, the driver's eyes were bloodshot and he was quoted as saying he'd had one to two beers, according to the officer's report.

When the driver was asked to perform physical agility tests, he "could not maintain balance in the start position ... and he had difficulty touching heel to toe. Robitaille took the incorrect number of steps before completing the turn," the report states.

"I apologize to my family, the entire Martin Health System organization, and to the community we serve," Robitaille said. "The public nature of these charges reflects poorly on me and I apologize for any embarrassment this brings to our organization as the process moves through the legal system."

He was arrested and handcuffed, and a test showed that his blood-alcohol level a half hour later was 0.151 percent. The state limit is 0.08 percent.

Chairman of the Martin Health System Board of Directors George Lehach said the hospital will move forward with Robitaille at the helm.

"Throughout his career, Mark has shown tremendous leadership, as well as personal and professional integrity," Lehach said in a prepared statement. "As a result, Mark has our full support and commitment. We have received his reassurance that this is an isolated incident and one that will not occur again. While we are disappointed in this situation, Martin Health will continue to move forward under Mark's leadership and provide the same exceptional care that we have provided to our community for nearly 75 years."

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