WASHINGTON, BEAUFORT COUNTY - [UPDATE 6/12] A Department of Social Services supervisor arrested for DWI while she was on call has been fired, an official told NewsChannel 12 Thursday.
Karma Davis Warren, 43, of Washington, has been terminated from her position as a supervisor for the DSS in Pitt County, said Kiara Jones, the county's director of public information.
A Department of Social Services supervisor was arrested for DWI after she was found passed out behind the wheel of her car while she was on call, police said.
According to documents from the Washington Police Department, 43-year-old Karma Davis Warren was found passed out behind the steering wheel of her car while the engine was running. It happened at about 3:44 a.m. on May 21.
The vehicle was parked near BB's Tavern in Washington.
The police report states, "She had difficulty staying awake initially and had problems rolling her window down. Her breath emitted an odor of an alcoholic beverage. She was unsteady on her feet while walking. She had droopy eyelids"
Warren, of Washington, blew a .18 on her breathalyzer test, according to police. She was charged with driving while impaired and was issued a $500 bond.
Warren is a supervisor for the Department of Social Services in Pitt County. She was on call when the alleged incident happened, said Interim DSS Director Earl Marett. The county was paying Warren $1 an hour to be on call.
Marett said he could not give details on Warren's employment situation because it is a personnel matter.
But Marrett did say three people are on call for Pitt County DSS at all times.
"We generally have a social worker on call to investigate the abuse and neglect of children. We also have a social worker supervisor on call to assist them in some cases that require two-party involvement. We also have an attorney on call for legal advice at night too," Marett said.
Marett said even if the supervisor cannot be contacted, there's a chain of command and the DSS worker would never be left without help.
NewsChannel 12 tried to talk with Warren, but could not reach her. Her court date is scheduled for Aug. 12.