WRDW reporter arrested at DUI checkpoint

Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:50 PM
Last updated 9:30 PM
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A WRDW-TV reporter has been suspended after her arrest at a Richmond County DUI checkpoint, the channel said Saturday.

Christie Ethridge registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.075 in a field sobriety test, according to WRDW’s Web site. Georgia’s legal limit is 0.08.

The Augusta-Richmond County Jail’s booking desk couldn’t say when or why Ethridge was booked because she had already been released on bond earlier Saturday.

The University of Georgia graduate has been with WRDW since July 2012, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 07/13/13 - 05:49 pm
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...

I guess the Chronicle is still working out legal details before they can post her picture.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/13/13 - 06:43 pm
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"Christie Ethridge registered

"Christie Ethridge registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.075 in a field sobriety test, according to WRDW’s Web site. Georgia’s legal limit is 0.08."

Huh??? She was under the limit. Plus there is no such thing as blood-alcohol level in a field sobriety test. Is this article accurate?

dwb619
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dwb619 07/13/13 - 06:47 pm
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???

Is this the reporter who aired the story about the man who was arrested for filming the sheriff department building?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/13/13 - 06:49 pm
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There's a mug shot of her up

There's a mug shot of her up if you search online. She does NOT appear drunk.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/13/13 - 06:53 pm
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Lady reporter

Oh please - is that the most important news in Richmond County or the CSRA??? You are right, Riverman 1 !

mosovich
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mosovich 07/13/13 - 07:11 pm
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Look drunk?

Just what does a person that is "drunk" look like? A friend of mine is sitting across from me rather drunk right now, but he looks perfectly normal.. Good thing you guys aren't cops..

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/13/13 - 07:14 pm
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She was .075. The legal limit

She was .075. The legal limit is .08. Why was she arrested.?Why was she suspended?

I'm so confused. Somebody please 'splain this.

just an opinion
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just an opinion 07/13/13 - 07:48 pm
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SHE WAS NOT LEGALLY DUI

Why was she arrested? Christie don't quit and Ch. 12 don't fire her! You will suffer a major backlash if you do! Show some back bone here WRDW!

Pops
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Pops 07/13/13 - 07:50 pm
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People wonder why

folks do not want to leave Columbia County or some of the other outlying areas and have a meal with a couple of drinks in the "CDB". Checkpoints and other intrusions on personal liberty everywhere you look. It's all about the money.....

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/13/13 - 08:48 pm
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DUI

There are several different levels of DUI. One is DUI/Less Safe. .08 is per se law. Under .08 can charged if there are other factors. Just because she blew under .08 doesn't mean that she wasn't under the influence of drugs. That could also be the case here. There are plenty of prescription drugs that can make one DUI.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/13/13 - 09:45 pm
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Stalking?

Entrapment? I wonder whether sheriff department employees have been following Ms. Ethridge after she was involved in the recent news story about the guy who was filming the exterior of the new law enforcement building while standing on the sidewalk? The sheriff deputies arrested him and detained him for their allowed 24 hours before they dismissed the charges. But Ethridge was out there trying to get a story.

It would not be too hard for sheriff officers to follow her undercover and find out her habits and set up a sting.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/13/13 - 09:46 pm
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News at 12

And check out some radio stations this week and pick up a paper from the yellow box.

dwb619
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dwb619 07/13/13 - 09:59 pm
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Metro Spirit

The Spirit has a "Paul Harvey, the rest of the story" on the photographer that was interviewed, this week.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 07/13/13 - 11:42 pm
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I'll call BS on the Metro

I'll call BS on the Metro Spirit calling BS. If he tried to evade a metal detector more than likely he would have been charged with that also. A anonymous source making claims after bad PR is suspect. The facts as told to me reading official reports are he was arrested, detained then released with out charges after that anything else said could be considered slander instead of journalism.

thauch12
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thauch12 07/14/13 - 02:33 am
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Poor woman...the facts as

Poor woman...the facts as presented in this article suggest she was charged with a DUI with a .075 BAC which leads me to believe that this was more than likely one of those BS "DUI less safe" charges that basically serve the purpose of saving face for the arresting officer. The notion of which is made even more ridiculous when you consider the assumed charge came at the hands of a man who is by no means a true "expert" on what constitutes impaired driving regardless of whatever he learned in his two week course at "the academy". It's just another example of the rights we have given up in what is becoming more and more of a police state.

specsta
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specsta 07/14/13 - 02:37 am
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Retribution?

Christie Ethridge does a news report on some suspicious behavior on the part of RCSO deputies in how they treated a citizen, and now suddenly she gets arrested on a DUI, that isn't really a DUI?

Something ain't cooking right here...

corgimom
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corgimom 07/14/13 - 02:57 am
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She looked drunk to me! Why

She looked drunk to me!

Why didn't she just CALL A TAXI???

There is not a vast conspiracy here, folks, just another drunk who got caught.

And you can blow under a .08 and still get a DUI. Mix alcohol with something else, and yeah, you can be impaired under .08. And I'm thinking that's what she did.

People that get arrested for DUI are lucky. Yes, lucky, that they are stopped before they kill themselves or others.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/14/13 - 03:42 am
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Well that's what you get.

Well that's what you get. That is, when you elect someone who looks upon their turf as a fiefdom.

This kind of thing will keep happening over and over again. That is until the local media grows a backbone.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 07/14/13 - 04:18 am
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Time for the old, "Driving

Time for the old, "Driving too fast for conditions" or "Crossing the center line" charges.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/13 - 05:02 am
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Not Driving Unsafely

How could it have been determined she was driving in an unsafe manner when she was stopped at a checkpoint? So again, she was under the legal limit and not driving in an unsafe manner. I don't get it?

KSL
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KSL 07/14/13 - 05:11 am
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Gee, I surely do hope someone

Gee, I surely do hope someone "looking drunk" in a mug shot to members of the public doesn't become a standard for DUI charges and convictions.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/13 - 05:13 am
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Fatboyhog

Fatboyhog is an officer and explains: "There are several different levels of DUI. One is DUI/Less Safe. .08 is per se law. Under .08 can charged if there are other factors. Just because she blew under .08 doesn't mean that she wasn't under the influence of drugs. That could also be the case here. There are plenty of prescription drugs that can make one DUI."

There's no evidence she was taking drugs. There's no evidence she was tested for drugs. There's no evidence she was driving in an unsafe manner. She was under the legal limit. Go figure.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/13 - 06:51 am
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Since Fatboyhog has gone out

Since Fatboyhog has gone out on this limb suggesting drugs may be the case here without a shred of evidence, I'll say I'll bet it was something else that caused her to get put in the back of the car and driven to jail with a 0.75 which is under the limit. It wasn't the previous story either. I discussed it privately with other posters and all agreed. But it's best not to state conjecture that can smear...something Fatboyhog should realize.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/14/13 - 06:55 am
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Sorry I only have basic

Sorry I only have basic College math.

But isn't 0.075 LESS THAT 0.080?

According the article published
Saturday, July 13, 2013 5:50 PM
Last updated 9:30 PM

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/14/13 - 07:07 am
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Evidence

The only evidence that has been presented has been what's reported by the media. This article says that she "registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.075 in a field sobriety test." A field sobriety test cannot be used in court. Why didn't they report what she blew during the state administered test? Did she refuse? Did she blow 0.075 on that test? Did she submit to a drug screen?

Someone doesn't have to be, or appear to be, sloppy drunk to be intoxicated. One drink could render some people intoxicated. That is why field sobriety tests are given. I have dealt with people who have had slurred spoech, can't stand up, are disoriented, etc. that have blown below the legal limit yet appear intoxicated. In those cases, it could be drugs (illegal or prescription) or a medical condition. Hopefully, the arrest is on video and the courts will decide guilt or innocence. Basing guilt or innocence on a short news story, with no supporting facts or evidence, is irresponsible.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/13 - 07:14 am
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Could it be

She is just too dang pretty to work with men....maybe she needed a ride in the ole car to cool off....:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTCZSh4v2e4

The law says you can be tooooo pretty!! Can a man be too good looking..hahah

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/13 - 07:33 am
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SeenIt, now THAT'S being

SeenIt, now THAT'S being tactful. Heh.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/14/13 - 08:10 am
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Smear

I am not smearing or offering conjecture. I'm explaining that just because someone is less than 0.08, doesn't mean that they aren't impaired. There are other factors/reasons for impairment that a field test and the state breath test do not register, which is what I was trying to explain. I do not know the facts of the case, as I wasn't there.

rugerguy
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rugerguy 07/14/13 - 07:53 am
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Round up

Per the rules of math rounding, 0.075 IS 0.08. The DUI spec is 0.08 NOT 0.080. Once again the public's (lack of) education is showing. That being said, there may be more information in the case and speculation regarding drugs or other matters is not appropriate until it all comes to light.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/13 - 08:02 am
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"Per the rules of math

"Per the rules of math rounding, 0.075 IS 0.08. The DUI spec is 0.08 NOT 0.080."

Well, why not just round everything over 0.05 up to .1 if we are talking some nonsensical rounding rule?

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