Virginia Beach officer pleads guilty to DUI

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

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police Sergeant Margaret Hobbs pleaded guilty to the charge of DUI in a federal hearing Friday morning.

Hobbs received 30 days of home imprisonment, 1 year of probation and had her license suspended in exchange for jail time.

She also received a $750 fine, and must complete an alcohol treatment program. Once the program is complete, Hobbs can apply with the Chesapeake District Court system for a restricted license.

Hobbs was charged with DUI after officers arrested her near the Oceana NAS Dam Neck Annex on Feb. 22. According to prosecutors, Hobbs’ blood-alcohol content was .23 the night of her arrest.

Investigators say she also had two children in the back of her vehicle.

The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office nolled prossed — or withdrew — its charge of driving under the influence against Hobbs earlier this week.

The case had been moved to the U.S. District Court in Norfolk — where the hearing was held today.

Hobbs was placed on administrative leave pending the results of criminal and administrative investigations.

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