Oregon DHS worker fired for alleged on-call DUII on New Year's Eve

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Oregon DHS worker fired for alleged on-call DUII on New Year's Eve

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 8:38 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- An on-call case worker from the Oregon Department of Human Services was fired after allegedly driving drunk while responding to an abuse case in Hillsboro on New Year’s Eve.

As first reported by our news partner The Oregonian, 26-year-old Alysse Carlson of Beaverton was the on-call DHS case worker scheduled for New Year’s Eve, according to Hillsboro police.

Officers responding just before 11 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a Kia driver swerving on Southeast Baseline Street pulled Carlson over in a DHS parking lot on Northeast Elam Young Parkway, the newspaper reported.

Police said Carlson smelled of alcohol and failed her field sobriety tests. She reportedly told police she had two glasses of wine, but her blood alcohol content was .25 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit. 

Carlson was then arrested on one count of DUII.

"It was affecting her and affecting the way she drove, and in our opinion, it would have affected her ability to continue forward with her idea of doing her job that evening," said Lt. Mike Rouches with the Hillsboro Police Department.

Carlson was reportedly on the way to help Hillsboro officers with an abuse call.

KGW learned Friday morning that Carlson was fired after less than seven months on the job.

"Alysse Carlson began working for DHS as a Social Services Specialist 1 on June 24, 2013," said DHS spokesman Gene Evans. "The agency has terminated her trial service employment, effective today."

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