Va. Beach police officer released on $5K bond following DUI arrest

Prosecutors says she was driving drunk with two children in the car.

Margaret Hobbs (photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)
Margaret Hobbs (photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police Sergeant Margaret Hobbs was released on a $5,000 bond, days after officers arrested and charged her for driving under the influence (DUI).

Hobbs was granted bond in a hearing Tuesday, with a tentative trial date set for April 8.

Prosecutors say Hobbs was driving drunk with children ages two and five in the car Sunday night.

According to prosecutors, her blood-alcohol content was .23 the night of her arrest — almost triple the legal limit of .08. As a condition of her release, Hobbs will not be allowed to drink or drive until the trial is complete.

Police released few details on the arrest on Monday evening. However, Virginia Beach police sources told WAVY.com some sort of accident happened near the Oceana NAS Dam Neck Annex.

According to court records, Hobbs tried to get on to the base twice around 7 p.m. Sunday. Base police were eventually called, and they turned her over to Virginia Beach Police.

“I never heard a negative thing about Margie Hobbs in my entire career,” said former Virginia Beach Police Sergeant Tommy Shattuck.

Former and current Virginia Beach Police Officers have expressed their disbelief in the wake of this incident.

“I’m shocked like everyone else,” Shattuck added. “If you know Margie, and you worked with Margie, it is a complete shock.”

In her 17 years on the force, Hobbs served as the Public Information Officer before moving into special investigations.  She became Sergeant in 2010, and when she applied for that promotion, she was department’s top choice.

“She was obviously a very well thought of and qualified candidate for sergeant,” Shattuck said. “She finished number one which is very tough process.”

“People make mistakes, I think that’s the one thing to remember. Despite one single incident it doesn’t change who you are as a person or as a parent,” Shattuck added.

Hobbs will remain on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.

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