LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputy Michelle Gallagher was fired from the department on January 10th, for Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer after being arrested on DUI charges November 8, 2013. A 4-year-old child was in the car with her, at the time of her arrest.
Gallagher was pulled over while driving her personal vehicle southbound on Six Mile Cypress Parkway. According to deputies, her speech was slurred, she had the odor of alcohol on her breath, and when asked for her driver's license, she pulled out a Visa card. Gallagher was hestitant, but agreed to participate in field sobriety excercises, according to the Internal Affairs Investigation report. She was then placed under arrest.
While in the backseat of the patrol car, Gallagher allegedly displayed multiple emotions, ranging from sad and apologetic to angry and accusatory.
Later, breath tests obtained read .128 and .132.
On December 12, Gallagher told officers she had three glasses of wine on the day of her arrest, while waiting for her take-out order to be cooked at Nino's restaurant with her family. She said she had not had anything to eat since that morning. The report goes on to say, Gallagher also blamed her new car, saying she was unfamiliar with it and could have been changing speeds. She also claimed to be unsure of which turn she wanted to take, though she has lived at the same residence for years and drives Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. regularly.
Gallagher apologized and admitted that she "put everyone at risk by drinking and driving."
WINK News spoke to one of Gallagher's neighbors who says this is not like her.
"I think Michelle is a wonderful mother," said Carolyn Thornton.
"I am sure this was a mistake and is sorry it happened," Thornton said.