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Police: DHS worker arrested outside office with BAC of .25

Posted: Updated: Jan 3, 2014 11:58 AM

A DHS caseworker was fired after police arrested her on a drunken driving charge on New Year's Eve.

Hillsboro police Lt. Michael Rouches says 26-year-old Alysse Renee Carlson was spotted driving erratically on Southeast Baseline near Northeast 53rd Avenue just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

When she was pulled over in the parking lot of a Department of Human Services building, Carlson claimed she was an on-call caseworker responding to a possible child abuse case at a Portland hospital, police said.

She showed officers her pager, according to police.

She smelled like alcohol and failed a field sobriety test, police said. She then told the officer she had consumed two glasses of wine. However, her blood alcohol level was .25 percent, more than three times the legal limit. 

Carlson was booked into jail and later released. She is due in court Jan. 13.

Gene Evans, a DHS spokesman, said Carlson began working as a Child Protective Services caseworker on June 24, 2013.

The agency terminated her employment on Friday.

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