Shelby bartender fired for calling cops on drunk patron leaving American Legion Post

SHELBY, Ohio - An Ohio bartender said she was fired after she called police about a drunken driver.

Twyla DeVito said she was proud to work at the American Legion Post in Shelby.

"They do a lot of good for this community, for our veterans," DeVito said.

But her tenure tending bar here came to an abrupt end last week.

"I came into work, he was already there, pretty much hammered," she said.

He was a regular at her bar, and also an officer at the Legion Post.

"He ordered a beer, I gave it to him, and then I started to try to slow it down, serving him."

She said when he went to leave, she knew he wasn't in any shape to drive.        

"I called the police and said we have a very drunk person leaving the bar. He is going to kill someone or himself," DeVito said.

Shelby Police Chief Charlie Roub said one of his officers quickly located the driver, and came to the same conclusion DeVito did.

According to the police report, Mike Ramey blew a .167.   

Ramey was arrested, charged with OVI. Two days later, DeVito got a call from her boss.

"He said ‘I'm gonna have to fire you, because it's bad for business to have a bartender that will call the cops,'" DeVito said.

The commander of this post wouldn't answer our questions on camera, but told us while DeVito probably did the right thing morally, she didn't do the right thing for his business.

DeVito said she did what she felt she had to, and she's glad her job was the only thing lost.

"I stand by what I did. And I would do it again," she said.