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Teacher facing DUI charges, child endangerment

A recent incident in Lexington County has led to the arrest of a teacher as she pulled into the parking lot of a local elementary school. The story has led to a great deal of outrage in the community, especially as the woman was also charged with child endangerment for having given a student a ride to school on the day of her arrest. As of the time of this report, she is facing serious DUI charges, and could lose her position as a South Carolina teacher.

Police allegedly observed the woman driving erratically in the area of the school, crossing over the center lane and leaving the right side of the roadway several times. The officer followed her as she turned into the parking lot of her school, at which time he pulled her over and approached the vehicle. When asked, the teacher told police that she had consumed a couple of glasses of wine before going to sleep around 10 p.m. the night before.

There is no word on how police determined that the teacher was under the influence of alcohol as she approached her job on Monday morning. There is no mention of field sobriety testing or blood alcohol analysis being administered. Additionally. there were no statements suggesting that the officer involved smelled alcohol on her person.

As this case moves forward, additional detail may emerge. In many cases, individuals who are taking prescription medication can suffer adverse effects, which can sometimes mimic those of intoxication. It is too soon to assume that this might be a factor in the case mentioned here, but is stated here to remind readers that not all DUI charges lead to a conviction. There are a range of reasons why South Carolina police might initially believe that drunk driving has taken place, even when that belief is countered by facts gathered after the incident.

Source: wistv.com, "Lexington teacher charged with DUI, child endangerment after arriving at work", Emery Glover, Oct. 20, 2014

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