Nashville dispatcher arrested for DUI

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Barbara Boske

A woman employed as a 9-1-1 dispatcher in Davidson County was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday after she was allegedly observed swerving in and out of traffic in Murfreesboro.

Barbara L. Boske, of Smyrna, was taken into custody just before 3 a.m. after Officer Tracy Womack, who was off duty, notified the Murfreesboro Police Department that he had observed her driving erratically near the 300 block of West Northfield Boulevard, according to an arrest report.

Officers Chris Woodard responded to the scene a few minutes later and spotted Boske, a dispatcher with the Metro Nashville Emergency Communications Center. After he observed “the vehicle leave its lane of travel several times,” Woodward conducted a traffic stop, according to the report.

Officer Ricky Haley also came to the scene to assist Woodard with the investigation.

“Upon arrival, I made contact with the driver, later identified as Boske, who had red eyes, dilated pupils, and drawn out speech,” Haley reported. “Boske appeared to be confused and somewhat disoriented.”

When questioned about her demeanor, Boske “stated that she had taken Ambien,” according to the report.

“Boske was asked to exit the vehicle, and in doing so, she appeared to be unsteady on her feet,” Haley reported, adding Boske was then asked to conduct field sobriety tests but failed to do so as demonstrated.

Haley then arrested Boske and transported her to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where she was charged with a DUI first offense and released on a $1,500 bond.

A hearing in the case has since been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

Davidson County officials have not publicly said whether Boske could face disciplinary action as a result of the incident, and she remains employed at the Emergency Communications Center.

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