published Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Officer faces scrutiny over alcohol charge

For at least the second time in his police career, a Chattanooga police officer is under investigation for a drinking-related incident.

Officer Jeremy Isaac Williams recently was removed from patrol after he reportedly showed up at a training exercise after he consumed alcohol, according to a statement from the department.

Williams reportedly showed up to a firearms training exercise and smelled of alcohol, according to sources. When questioned, he denied he had consumed any alcohol. He was not tested and was sent home, sources said.

Williams could not be reached for comment.

With the department since 2008, Williams, 27, has been relieved of duty, according to an email sent out by Sgt. Jerri Weary, spokeswoman for the department. He is working in a “nonofficial” capacity pending the outcome of an internal investigation of the April 19 incident, she said.

In a prior incident, Williams was arrested on April 18, 2010, after he was involved in a crash and was allegedly intoxicated at the time. The department refused to specify any charges filed against Williams at the time, and there are no longer any Hamilton County court records available for the case.

Williams was released from jail within 45 minutes of being booked in, according to records. His charges were expunged after the case was dismissed.

The department conducted an internal investigation and sustained one count of conduct unbecoming against Williams. He was given a letter of reprimand.

Weary refused to comment on why Williams was only given a letter of reprimand and what disciplinary action he faces in the latest case.

She also did not respond when asked if Williams had any other prior disciplinary issues with the department.

Her only response to questions regarding Williams’ background and the latest incident was, “This is an open, active investigation, and no other information is available.”

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6406.

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ceeweed said...

"this is an open, active investigation, and no other information is available"..... Open? I would laugh if this were not so serious. What is there to investigate? Williams shows up, smelling of booze, to a firearms training exercise. He is not tested for alcohol so now there is no proof that he had been drinking. Case closed.

Last year Williams wrecks a car while drinking but there is no record of it. He was booked in and released from jail in less than an hour. He obviously has a problem with alcohol and it seems his enablers are many. I wonder where his bottom will be? Instead of being encouraged to get help, Mr. Williams is being empowered by those who continue to let him circumvent the law. Officer Williams will never hit bottom if every time he falls he lands on a bed of feathers.

April 26, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
newtoyou2 said...

I have to agree with Ceeweed in this. I mean seriously? This officer shows up to a firearms training under the influence and the police department just sent him home. It seems that they encourage bad behavior in thsir officers. Why wasn't he arrested? Obviously he drove under the influence (again) to get to a firearms training. Also, was he in possession of a firearm? If so thats another law that he broke for being in possession of a firearm while under the influence. If any of us showed up to our jobs under the influence I tend to think we would be out on the streets faster than we could blink, however, this man gets to keep his job and gets a nice vacation behind a desk. So what, hes working Monday through Friday bankers hours now? Wow! What a punishment. No wonder crime in our community is the way it is if this is the way our police department is run. What a joke!

April 26, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.
Haiku said...

Don't blame the officers as it's the past 2 leaderships they operated under that allowed this. I could be wrong, but I think this new chief is of a different breed of leadership that will hold his officers to a higher standard. I think he cares equally for his officers and the citizens, and he will be both firm and compassionate with both.

April 26, 2011 at 4:37 p.m.
newtoyou2 said...

Don't blame the officers? PLEASE! Williams was apparently sitting in a room full of officers, intoxicated with a firearm and not a one of them thought to conduct a field sobriety test on him? They just sent him home? Did it not cross their mind that apparently he had broken a few laws that day? Or is it just a part of being in the "good ole boys club" and the laws do not apply to any of them? Williams will be back on the street in no time. At least I know if I ever get pulled over by him and have to go to court that it can easily get thrown out. Who is ever going to take his word for anything?

April 26, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.
sangaree said...

The last two leaderships were jokes for chiefs. One couldn't stay out of the beauty palor getting his hair and nails done long enough to be a chief, while the other one couldn't stop chasing the single moms under his charge long enough to even notice his were running lose like children with no supervision.

April 27, 2011 at 3:21 a.m.
eyesWIDEopen said...

alcohol and other substance abuses have always been a major problem in law enforcement. Drinkig, sometimes heavily, is considered a sort of rights of passive in the field.

@newtoyou2: I think what is meant by Haiku goes back to that old saying: "Incompetent and inept Generals produce equally incompetent and inept regiments." On the other hand, strong and honorable Generals produce equally strong and honorable regiments under their charge. With the exception of possibly this new General on board, Chattanooga has had neither in quite some time.

April 27, 2011 at 9:23 a.m.
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