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Kingsport official charged with DUI in Bristol

January 24th, 2014 3:16 pm by Rain Smith

Kingsport official charged with DUI in Bristol

Tim Whaley

KINGSPORT — Kingsport's director of Community and Government Relations was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving under the influence.

A report at the Bristol, Tenn., Police Department states Tim Whaley was pulled over at approximately 12:30 a.m. on the Volunteer Parkway. A BTPD officer's affidavit of complaint says Whaley's vehicle was spotted traveling at 55 mph in the 1200 block, which is a 35 mph zone.

Whaley, 46, of Jonesborough, Tenn., was slow to provide his license and registration during the subsequent stop, according to court records, with the officer noticing an odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle. When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Whaley reportedly stated two drinks.

The officer says Whaley was asked to perform a field sobriety test and performed poorly. He was charged with DUI and placed under arrest.

Whaley agreed to submit to a blood test at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was then transported and booked into the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville, where he was released Friday morning on his own recognizance.

Whaley has been employed with the city of Kingsport for seven years. As director of community and government relations, he's the central coordinator of communications for the city manager. He's also tasked with addressing direct community and legislative concerns, managing intergovernmental relations, maintaining media relations and overseeing grant development.

Whaley is a member of the city's leadership team, which includes the city manager, police chief, city attorney and public works director. Prior to his employment with the city, Whaley served as a field representative for Sen. Bill Frist and a reporter at the Kingsport Times-News.

Kingsport City Manager John Campbell told the Times-News that there is no change in Whaley's employment status, noting that he was off duty and not driving a city vehicle.  He said that Whaley contacted him to report the incident, as is protocol.

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