Grovetown officer fired accused of being drunk on the job, officials say

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 4:56 PM EDT
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Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A public safety officer accused of being drunk on the job has been fired from the Grovetown Department of Public Safety, according to Chief Scott Wheatley.

The now former officer, Kevin McDonald, was placed on administrative leave Friday and fired on Monday after a sergeant said he smelled alcohol on his breath as he worked on paperwork on Friday morning. The sergeant called in Chief Wheatley and McDonald took a breathalyzer, which registered at .087 BAC.

McDonald was doing paperwork at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5 and his shift started at 6 p.m. on Aug. 4, according to Chief Wheatley. McDonald had operated his patrol vehicle during his shift but officials said it wasn’t clear whether he drove drunk.

According to Wheatley, McDonald previously worked at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Richmond County Marshal’s Office.