CORVALLIS, Ore. — The city of Corvallis has fired its new economic development officer, after she was booked for DUII.
“One mistake out of a lifetime of trying to do the right thing can take everything away from you in an instant,” said Murphy.
It was a mistake that cost Melissa Murphy her job. But she hopes it won’t cost her, her reputation.
“I’m a good person, and yeah I got arrested for DUI and I lost my job, but I’m not an alcoholic. I’m not a drug addict. I’m not a degenerate. I’m not a criminal. I’m a normal person who made a bad mistake,” said Murphy.
Friday night, she and her boyfriend were leaving a birthday party when a Benton County sheriff’s deputy noticed her speeding and weaving in and out of her lane. Murphy failed a field sobriety test and her blood alcohol content was 0.14.
“I could have killed myself and my partner, killed somebody else. I’m happy he pulled me off the road,” said Murphy.
When she informed her boss, she says the city had no choice but to fire her.
“It had nothing to do with my abilities or my work performance. It had to do with a policy that gave no room for any anything, any adjustments. This was a dream job for me,” said Murphy.
She hopes others will learn from her mistake.
“Don’t drink and drive ever. And if something like this happens to you, own it and take responsibility,” says Murphy.
Murphy has been charged with DUII, reckless driving and recklessly endangering.