published Friday, October 14th, 2011

Walker County dispatcher arrested for DUI

A Walker County dispatcher charged with driving under the influence over the weekend is back at work, authorities said.

Christina O’Toole was pulled over and arrested for drinking on Sunday when she was on her four days off, said Walker County Emergency Management Director David Ashburn.

O’Toole is back at work, but she will likely face disciplinary actions after her case is heard in court, Ashburn said. If O’Toole is convicted of the DUI, she will be disciplined. However, she won’t lose her job, he said.

“It was just a bad decision,” Ashburn said.

O’Toole did violate work policy, which states employees must handle themselves reasonably in the public, Ashburn said. But she has never been disciplined while employed in Walker County, he said.

O’Toole became a Walker County dispatcher five years ago, he said.

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Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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dennis said...

Way to go Ashburn, You must have been in the car with her. What are you going to do when see kills someone while she is out drinking and driving. If you think that this is the first time that she has done this, I got some swamp land I want to sell you and Walker County.

October 14, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.
meganrael said...

Dennis, you seem to be pretty harsh for one mistake. Maybe she had a bad day at work and needed to relax? Maybe something is going on in her family and she needed a stress relief? It didn't say if she was driving recklessly, just that it was a DUI. They didn't say her BAC, so who are we to assume she was so drunk that she couldn't function? These days, all you have to do is accidently swallow some mouth wash and it would be over the legal limit. No need to jump to rash conclusions about her or her responsibility -- one mistake doesn't define a person's character.

October 14, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
joepulitzer said...


October 14, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.
meganrael said...

That would be a bet you would loose, Joe. Haha.

October 15, 2011 at 8:07 a.m.
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