Virginia Beach Police officer pleads guilty to DUI

Posted at 9:47 AM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 19:13:36-04

Norfolk, Va. - Virginia Beach Police Officer Margaret Hobbs pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to DUI charges.

She received 12 months probation, two days in a correctional facility and 30 days of home detention. The sentence normally comes with 10 days mandatory jail time but because Hobbs has type 1 diabetes, she received three days of home detention for each of the one day she would have spent in jail.

Hobbs was also fined $750. Her license was suspended and she must attend treatment and education classes.

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 nolle prossed Hobbs' state charges on March 15 and the federal DUI charge was filed later that day.

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.