Daily Post reporter cited for suspected drug use

Brian Bothun, a reporter for the Daily Post, was cited and released by Menlo Park police early Saturday morning on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Bothun, 46, of Atherton, reportedly become involved in a dispute between two other motorists at 2:34 a.m. at Ravenswood Avenue and El Camino Real and a Menlo Park officer did a field sobriety test.

Bothun was then cited and released.

Bothun was suspended from the Daily Post the next day by Dave Price, the paper's owner and editor. The Daily Post reported the incident and Bothun's suspension in its Monday edition.

"We don't know what the controlled substance was," Nicole Acker, Menlo Park Police Department spokeswoman, said. The case is being referred to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office, Acker said.

Bothun had previously worked as a reporter and editor for the Palo Alto Daily News.

— Don Kazak


Posted by Resident, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 21, 2008 at 10:31 am

Is that why there are no Daily Posts at the South end of town?

Posted by fireman, a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Explains lots about the paper. And many of the stories written in it.

Do not leave your drugs laying around. Other people you work with are stealing them from you.
Just look at the paper?

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:49 pm

This is sad. Not sure why it is newsworthy to us, though

Posted by angelita8, a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm

I know Brian and he is a stand-up guy. Frankly, even if he was under the influence of a controlled substance, can ya blame him? These are pretty dark times for newspaper journalists...especially those taking a positions they're overqualified for just to make a buck.

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