Woman charged in Chattanooga Police officer's death has bond revoked

Our crew was at the Hamilton County Jail as Janet Hinds was brought into the jail. (Images: WTVC, Hamilton Co. Jail)

Janet Hinds, the woman charged in the February 23rd death of Chattanooga Police officer Nicholas Galinger, was taken into custody again on Friday after she failed to report to a random drug screening.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea says Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Personnel arrested Janet Hinds on a warrant for a revoked bond.

That revoked bond says Hinds failed to report to a random drug screening on June 20th.

It then says on the next day, Hinds was contacted and given a drug screening, which tested positive for alcohol. Hinds was required to avoid drinking alcohol as part of the conditions of her bond.

Our crew was there as she arrived at the Hamilton County Jail, where she was booked:

Hinds was due to appear in court next on July 11th.

Police say Hinds had been drinking at the Farm to Fork restaurant in Ringgold on February 23rd, a Saturday, and was driving to her home in Soddy-Daisy when she struck and killed Officer Galinger on Hamill Road shortly before midnight. Officer Galinger was working to remove a road hazard after heavy rains.

Hinds turned herself into authorities the following Monday. She later pleaded not guilty at her arraignment.

We spoke with Officer Galinger's family shortly after this news broke. His father, Barry Galinger over the phone.

"We're very happy because we believe that she needs to face as much responsibility as possible and she didn't deserve to be in her house," says Galinger.

Bary says although he believes she shouldn't have left jail he's grateful for the support from Chattanooga.

"I'm very happy with the district attorneys office because they immediately took this her violation and immediately sent it over to the judge last night and I'm pleased that the judge this morning worked that quickly to violate her bond and cancel it," says Galinger.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Post Office confirmed to NewsChannel 9 today that Hinds is still employed as a postmaster at the Soddy-Daisy post office.

Coincidentally, Galinger's official headstone was making its way to Galinger's grave in Cincinnati on Friday and was made in Chickamauga by Boulder Designs.

Mike and Cynda Sims of Boulder Designs provided video (above) of workers loading the headstone into Barry Galinger's truck, who began driving it to Cincinnati on Friday. He will place his son's headstone at his gravesite on Saturday. You can watch Nicholas Galinger's full funeral, which happened on March 1st, here.

This is a developing story and will be updated as we learn more.

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