A corrections officer with the Knox County Sheriff's Office was fired today after he was arrested for driving under the influence on Friday night, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
According to a letter written by Sheriff Jimmy Jones, Jason Williams was at Cotton Eyed Joes, a nightclub in West Knoxville. Patricia Reedy had left her handbag with two cellphones and her car keys on her table while dancing with John Woody. They saw Williams sitting at the table while the handbag was present. When they returned, Williams and the bag were gone. They reported the loss to the establishment and went to check on her car, but it too was missing.
Williams told officers that he found the bag and used the key fob to attempt to locate the owner. Instead, Williams allegedly got in the vehicle and drove it to the other end of the parking lot, parked it and walked back to the club when he was confronted by three witnesses and held until officers arrived.
"The officers stated that you were unsteady on your feet, had watery blood shot eyes, slurred speech and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about your breath," the sheriff wrote.
Jones wrote: "Based on the findings of this review, you are in violation of General Order 2001, Section I-Professional Conduct and Responsibility. Your disgraceful behavior and dereliction of duty has jeopardized the Sheriff’s Office. This review has also revealed that you have violated the following Merit Council Rules which has warranted you unsuitable for continued employment with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. 9.3-b, Moral or ethical situations that make the employee unsuitable, 9.3-c, Theft or wanton destruction of property, 9.3 g, Notoriously disgraceful personal conduct.
"This letter therefore constitutes your notice under Merit Council Rule 9.3 that your employment with this agency is terminated effective August 19, 2013. According to Merit Council rule you have seven (7) days to submit to me in writing information you feel relevant to the charges outlined above."
Williams' blood was drawn at U.T. Hospital, according to the sheriff's office, but the results aren't known yet.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Williams was charged with "first-offense DUI, two counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft." He remains jailed at the Knox County Detention Facility and his bond is set at $17,000. The newspaper reported that Williams had been with the sheriff's office since August 2003.