Guilford County Sheriff’s Department Communications Specialist Bria Evans was arrested by Greensboro police officers in the very early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 2 and charged with driving while impaired.

Evans is the point of contact of the Sheriff’s Department for media inquiries and is the department official who sends out press releases and responds to questions from the media.

Josie Cambareri, the public information manager for the Greensboro Police Department, when asked about the incident, stated in an email that at this time the only information she could provide was the following: “GPD was dispatched to the area of Smith St. and N. Eugene St. in reference to a possible impaired driver on 12/2 at 0235 hours. Officers arrested Bria Evans for DWI.”

Evans has continued doing her work with the Sheriff’s Department after the arrest.  On Saturday, Dec. 3, Evans was waving from a Sheriff’s Department vehicle at the holiday parade (pictured above) and on Sunday, Dec. 4 she sent out a press release for the department about a shooting incident

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Evans told the Rhino Times that she was unable to say anything regarding the incident at the present time.

“I can’t talk about that,” she said, adding that there was an ongoing investigation and therefore she could not comment.

The timing of the DWI arrest – Friday, Dec. 2 – was particularly unfortunate because it was on the same day that the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department held a 5:30 p.m. tree lighting vigil at the department’s headquarters to honor the lives of those who died in traffic accidents in Guilford County in the previous year.  That’s an annual service started by former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes about 10 years ago in response to requests from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

At the ceremony, the names of those who died in traffic accidents are read out loud and there is a bulb on the Christmas tree for each of those who died.  Since the tree lighting ceremony is a high-profile department event each year, Evans had sent out a press release for it and spent time on Thursday, Dec. 1 answering media inquiries regarding the ceremony.