911 dispatcher reportedly shows up for work under the influence
City officials in Noblesville say one of the people who answers the phone when you dial 911 was under the influence while on the job. According to documents obtained by 13 investigates, a supervisor noticed signs of possible impairment when the dispatcher came to work at the Hamilton County jail complex.
Everyone likes to have fun. But a good time for one Noblesville dispatcher turned into risky business when he allegedly showed up to work under the influence following a night of drinking.
Records obtained by 13 Investigates say Shane Anders showed up for his 2:00 pm shift with an "odor of alcohol." He sat behind a 911 console to answer critical calls, to give medical instructions and dispatch emergency crews. According to the report, his eyes were "red, watery and glassy."
It's disturbing news for watchful grandmothers like Fannie Johnson and Joyce Burton.
"I expect that other person to know what they're talking about and to be clear-minded and clear-headed," said Burton. "My life might depend on it or one of my children or my grandchildren," she added.
"I'm a bus driver, and you don't consume any kind of alcohol or drugs when you're on a job like that, any job really," said Johnson.
Anders told his supervisor he stopped drinking around 3:00 am that morning. Eleven hours later, he tested .065.
He wasn't legally drunk, but was fired for "being under the influence of alcohol while on duty."
A man who identified himself as Shane answered the door at Shane Anders' apartment. 13 Investigates asked him about the allegation of showing up to work under the influence.
"Under the influence? I don't know what you've heard, but that's all I'm going to say. thank you," he said politely, closing the door.
Anders was fired from the City of Noblesville on May 18th. But he was still allowed to work as a dispatcher in the same building but for a different agency.
Insiders tell 13 Investigates it was allowed because Anders is a part-time employee with Hamilton County Public Communications and Carmel's dispatch center.
Hamilton County Attorney Mike Howard spoke with us by phone.
"At this point, is Mr. Anders on the schedule to work?" questioned 13 Investigates.
"It's my understanding that it's been at least a week since he was scheduled and he is not scheduled in the future," confirmed Howard.
Grandmothers Fannie and Joyce are glad to hear action is being taken, but troubled by the thought that anyone would show up impaired when lives are on the line.
"Can be very critical to the life and safety of the citizen so it's extremely important that person's on top of their game at all times," said Howard.
Even if dispatchers don't meet the legal limit for driving drunk, the rules clearly state they cannot show up to work under the influence.
In September, all of the Hamilton County dispatch systems will consolidate into one.