Teachers and others whose careers put them in positions of trust are often
held to higher levels of conduct. This may make the prospect of being
human that much harder to endure when an individual is accused of a crime such as
drunk driving. One Pennsylvania school principal now finds herself in that situation.
The woman, who is an administrator at an elementary school, was recently
stopped and charged with driving while intoxicated, failing to maintain
proper lane position, reckless driving and additional violations. The
officer who made the stop has further alleged that the woman repeatedly
refused to consent to a breath test for fear of losing her job over the
results. However, she later consented to blood work, and she did submit
to a field sobriety test.
The woman was purportedly observed in her parked car along the side of
a road with her braking lights illuminated. As the woman pulled away,
she is alleged to have not signaled her intentions and subsequently could
not maintain her proper lane of travel. Once the policeman pulled the
driver over, she was reportedly unable to articulate clearly and purportedly
possessed an odor of alcohol about her person.
The Pennsylvania officer stated that the 36-year-old woman was deeply troubled
over the traffic stop and the drunk driving charge as she indicated that
she feared losing her position as a school principal. She is alleged to
have failed a sobriety test in the field and that her blood test revealed
an alcohol level of .332, more than four times the legal limit. This woman
may seek to educate herself concerning the upcoming legal proceedings
in this case. Additionally, along with assistance from a defense counselor,
she may review evidence that could be presented against her and challenge
any that may be questionable.
Source: dailyitem.com, "Court documents: Elementary principal initially refused
DUI blood test", Justin Strawser, June 23, 2014