Columbus, Georgia Mayor's Assistant Arrested and Charged with DUI
Lacey Morrison, an assistant of Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI less safe, and failure to maintain lane. She was released from the Muscogee County Jail after a few hours.
Morrison's arrest happened within a few days of another mayoral staff member's suspension.
The other assistant, Judy Tucker, was suspended for a planned prank on Tomlinson's opponent, candidate Colin Martin.
Morrison was not suspended because she is a lower level merit system employee while Tucker is a political appointee.
The mayor's office will wait to see if the charges against Morrison stick or are dismissed and will give any discipline at that time, if needed.
Meanwhile, Morrison took two days of paid leave and is expected to be back to work on Wednesday.
Most people believe that if their blood-alcohol content (BAC) is less than .08, they cannot be arrested for DUI. Not true. Georgia has a “DUI Less Safe” statute that means that the driver was under the influence of alcohol (or drugs) to the point that it was “less safe” for them to drive than if they had not consumed alcohol or drugs. What this means is the State must prove that a person was so intoxicated that they were not safe to drive at the time of their arrest.
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