Virginia Beach, Va. – A federal DUI charge has been filed against Virginia Beach Police officer Margaret Hobbs.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney and the U.S. Navy announced March 15 that they reviewed the case and charges against Hobbs and decided that her case was better suited for federal court.
Hobbs was pulled over on February 21 while attempting to get on base at Dam Neck and hitting a jersey wall. She had her 2-year-old and 5-year-old children in the vehicle with her.
Court documents say her blood alcohol level was .23, which is almost three times the legal limit.
Hobbs was charged with DWI and granted a $5,000 bond in court.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office says since the incident occurred on federal property and the Navy handled the investigation, standard procedure is to allow the case to be handled by the U.S. District Court.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office nolle prossed Hobbs’ state charges on March 15 and the federal DUI charge was filed later that day.
Hobbs is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday at 9 a.m.
Hobbs has been with the Virginia Beach Police Department for 17 years and works in the investigative division. She has been on administrative assignment since she was charged.