A man who made a 911 call accusing Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer of driving drunk is believed to be a former Riverside police officer.
The caller identified himself to a police dispatcher as Chris Lanzillo, according to a tape of the call obtained Friday by the Daily Pilot using a state public records request.
Sources with knowledge of the investigation confirmed that Lanzillo is a former police officer who's now a private investigator.
Righeimer — who was given a brief sobriety test outside his Mesa Verde home Wednesday night and was found to be sober — tied the incident to comments he made during Tuesday's City Council meeting. At the meeting, Righeimer criticized police unions for using an Upland law firm, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir. On the firm's website is a playbook-style outline of election-year tactics that officers can use against politicians.
Lanzillo's name appeared on the firm's website as "staff," but his name was recently removed, according to cached Internet records.