• Ocala police officer fired after DUI arrest, officials say

    By: Kelly Healey


    OCALA, Fla. - An Ocala police officer was arrested on DUI charges early Friday, according to a news release.


    Officer Kaitlyn MacDonald, 21, was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the 100 block of SW Fifth Street, police said.


    DUI investigator Officer William Joedicke said in a report that he smelled a “strong odor of alcohol emitting from MacDonald as she spoke. She indicated she was coming from a bar in downtown Ocala and had consumed ‘at least 7 beers’ before leaving the establishment.”


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    MacDonald’s breath test results were .200 and .198., the release said. She was arrested and charged with DUI and property damage.


    MacDonald was initially placed on probation, but an OPD spokeswoman provided Channel 9 with the following statement Friday afternoon:


    "This incident is disappointing as Kaitlyn MacDonald was a promising new officer with the department; however, we have a zero tolerance stance regarding driving under the influence. As of this afternoon, Ms. MacDonald is no longer employed by the Ocala Police Department."


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