UNION SQUARE — A sanitation worker refused a breathalyzer test after officers pulled him over for driving without headlights near Union Square, according to police.
Gaetan Gaudin, 40, who's worked with the Department of Sanitation for 11 years, was driving a Jeep Wrangler on 14th Street with his headlights off just after 4:30 a.m. when officers pulled him over, police said.
The officers smelled alcohol on his breath, described him as having bloodshot eyes and, when he stepped out of the SUV, he was unsteady on his feet, a police spokeswoman said.
Gaudin refused to take a breathalyzer test on the scene and, when police hauled him in for drunk driving, he also refused a test at the 13th Precinct stationhouse, according to a police report.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test and an equipment violation for driving without headlights, police said.
His attorney information was not immediately available.
The Department of Sanitation is preparing to issue Gaudin a disciplinary complaint for the arrest and must contact the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to determine whether he is fit to resume working for the agency, according to a DSNY spokeswoman.