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.
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 ...