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Dispatcher arrives drunk, loses job

Matt Westerhold • Mar 14, 2013 at 6:26 AM

Dispatcher Johnson was terminated at the conclusion of the pre-disciplinary conference this morning,” Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said. “That’s about all that needs to be said.” 

Former Erie County dispatcher Christie Johnson, 36, was charged with operating vehicle intoxicated and driving under suspension at about 3:30 p.m. 

It was her second drunken driving charge in less than a year. 

Johnson’s initial blood alcohol concentration registered 0.103 percent and later 0.08 percent. She was booked into the Erie County jail and put on paid administrative leave. 

Sigsworth said she’ll get paid for Tuesday. 

As for the firing, he believes it will hold up in front of an arbitrator due to a “documented pattern of progressive discipline” against Johnson and her “gross misconduct” on Tuesday.

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