UPDATE: MSU police chief resigns after DUI

LINDLEY

LINDLEY

By Holbrook Mohr

Associated Press

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University said Friday that its campus police chief has resigned, one day after she was charged with driving under the influence.

Georgia Lindley’s resignation is effective Dec. 31, and she will remain on paid leave until then, according to a news release from Bill Kibler, MSU’s vice president for student affairs. The news release did not mention the DUI.

Lindley had a blood alcohol level of 0.13 when she was arrested on the DUI charge in Starkville just after 5 p.m. Thursday, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. The legal limit for driving in Mississippi is 0.08.

It wasn’t clear whether Lindley has a lawyer. She didn’t immediately respond to a message sent to an email address listed on the university’s website.

The police report said an officer was looking for Lindley’s Jeep Cherokee after getting a call about a possibly intoxicated driver and that he saw her Jeep drift onto the center line.

The report also said Lindley’s speech was “extremely slurred” when the officer stopped her and that she said “it is what it is” when told she was being taken to the police station for a sobriety test.

Lindley has worked on the university’s police force since 1979 and has been chief since July 2005, according to MSU’s website.

She also is president of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police. Ken Winter, the association’s executive director, said in an email Friday that he’ll monitor the situation with Lindley’s job and the court case.

Authorities have also looked into allegations that Lindley left the scene of an accident in Starkville in November. Her husband, Starkville police Chief David Lindley, is retiring this month, but officials haven’t said whether the two matters are related.