“Once I got within 7-8 inches of Mrs. Murray-Obertein’s person, I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage upon her breath,” Woods wrote in the report.
Murray-Obertein refused to take a Breathalyzer and was allowed to leave with her husband.
It is the second time in recent months that police were called to the commission regarding Murray-Obertein’s behavior. In November, according to another incident report, Murray-Obertein was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital after police said she struggled with her motor skills, including slurred speech and “disoriented thought.”
At the time, Murray-Obertein said she was diagnosed with a chronic condition that caused pain and that she was taking several prescribed medications.
Murray-Obertein and one former employee have accused commission director Holly LaBerge of intervening in Deal’s ethics case and bragging that the governor “owes” her. Deal was accused of multiple campaign finance violations in his 2010 bid for governor. While Murray-Obertein recommended $70,000 in fines, the commission voted in 2012 to clear Deal of major violations and assess about $3,000 in fees for “technical defects.”