“Officers noted that she had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person,” Rodriguez said, “and was unsteady on her feet.”
Drivers of the other vehicles involved told police Ricketts was the driver and the only person in her vehicle, according to the release.
On an officer’s bodycam video, Ricketts originally says she was not driving the car, that she doesn’t know who was driving or who it belongs to. She does admit to drinking. “I had a lot to drink ... I’m very drunk,” she said.
Ricketts declined to take a field sobriety test.
Minutes later, during further questioning, she shakes her head “yes” when the officer asks if she was driving. She also says she was the only person in the car.
The officer also asks how the crash happened. “I have no idea,” Ricketts says.
She was arrested on DUI charges at the scene and taken to the Athens-Clarke County jail, Rodriguez said.
Ricketts was fired Monday, according to the release. She started the dispatcher job in October 2016.
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