Janet Hinds arrested Tuesday, faces new grand jury indictments for DUI, 9 other counts

(Images: Hamilton County Jail, WTVC)

UPDATE (Tuesday Evening):

According to Matt Lea with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Janet Hinds bonded out of jail just before 4 p.m.

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(Tuesday Afternoon):

A woman accused of hitting and killing a Chattanooga police officer was arrested Tuesday, two months to the day of the deadly incident.

Chattanooga Police spokesman Trevor Tomas confirmed that Janet Hinds was arrested on a warrant for DUI, stemming from the incident on Hamill Road on February 23, when Officer Nicholas Galinger died. According to Tomas, the charge of DUI was added after her initial arrest, so a warrant was issued for that charge Tuesday.

NewsChannel 9 was on the scene as Hinds was led by an officer into Hamilton County Jail Tuesday. Her bond was listed at $7,500.

As of 3:52 p.m., Hinds posted her bail, and bonded out, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Tomas confirmed that Hinds' case was presented to the grand jury Tuesday. Melydia Clewell at the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office said the grand jury then handed down new indictments in the case.

Online court records show the grand jury indicted Hinds on the following charges:

  • Vehicular homicide by intoxication
  • Driving under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Leaving the scene
  • Failure to report an accident
  • Failure to render aid
  • Violation of traffic control device
  • Speeding
  • Drivers to exercise due care
  • Failure to maintain lane

From the indictments we received, it appears a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab analyst testified before the grand jury in regard to the DUI charge. The results of those tests will probably not be made public until future court hearings.

Officer Galinger was checking a flooded manhole cover on Hamill Road late that night when police say Hinds was speeding in the rain and hit and killed him.

Prosecutors said in a preliminary hearing that Hinds had the equivalent of six beers and a shot of vodka in the hours before the crash.

Last Month, Officer Galinger's parents filed a civil lawsuit against Hinds, asking for $10 million.

She has a new court date set for May 10, according to online court records.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update it as we learn more.

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