VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach police officer was found guilty by a judge this past Thursday of DUI.
As a police officer, it’s Allyson Whitfield’s job to enforce drunk driving. One night in July, she found herself on the other side of the law.
According to court documents obtained by 10 On Your Side, Virginia State Police saw a car weave on the road and then hit a Jersey wall on I-264. When they pulled the car over, paperwork says the car smelled of alcohol. The driver was identified as Virginia Beach police officer Allyson Whitfield.
Whitfield reportedly failed a field sobriety test and bail paperwork says she had a blood alcohol level of .25, three times the legal limit. For unspecified reasons the breath test was not admissible in court, so Whitfield was found guilty of a having a BAC between .08 and .15.
“DUIs are a terrible problem in our country,” said Mike Goodove, the president of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving. “We’ve made tremendous strides with respect to preventing people from drinking and driving but obviously it’s still occurring, and still occurring with people who should know better.”
Virginia Beach Police wouldn’t comment on Whitfield’s DUI charge but confirm she still works for the department.
“Typically with police departments, if you have officers that are enforcing DUIs and that’s part of their job, you can’t have somebody who has a prior DUI conviction doing that because it may lead to bias and those sorts of things,” explained Goodove.
Goodove went on to say Virginia Beach has a strong track record of being tough when it comes to DUIs. He says he expects leadership will be just as tough on one of their own.
This was Whitfield’s first DUI. The judge ordered her to pay a $500 fine along with a 15 day jail sentence.