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College board member gets locked up in Williamsburg

A Washington lawyer who formerly served as a special assistant to the president at the White House reportedly spent the night in jail while visiting Williamsburg last month.

The Virginia Gazette reports Laura L. Flippin was charged with public intoxication and locked up overnight Sept. 23 while in Williamsburg for a meeting of the College of William & Mary board of visitors. The paper reports she was released on her own recognizance after spending more than 12 hours at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Police reportedly were notified of a woman who had fallen and was bleeding. An officer found a woman with facial injuries “wobbling” and “unsteady on her feet.” A preliminary breath test registered a blood alcohol level of 0.25, according to the paper.

A police spokesman said Flippin was released once she no longer exhibited signs of intoxication.

Flippin’s attorney, Thomas Norment, declined comment to the Gazette. Her court date is Oct. 17.

Flippin is a partner at Washington’s DLA Piper where her biography states she was a special assistant to the president at the White House, serving as a commissioned officer and handling homeland security matters. She also served as deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.

Flippin’s practice is said to focus on government investigations, corporate internal investigations and compliance, securities fraud and sophisticated civil litigation matters.

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