A Texas teacher was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she was found swerving “all over the road” on her way to work.
Police say 48-year-old Patricia Almond was arrested after she was pulled over at around 8 am after she grazed a highway divider on Highway 59.
Officers reported that Almond was disoriented, had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol, and “was swaying from side to side.”
She was arrested for DWI but has not been disciplined in any way by the school district. Humble ISD officials say driving is not part of her job and the incident occurred off campus.
The district has released a statement saying “the incident is being addressed through the court system, as it happened off campus, outside of school hours, and did not involve students. Human Resources will be reviewing the police report and then meeting with the staff member to discuss options.”
Beth Birge, whose child attends Timberwood Middle School where Almond works, said “that is very unfortunate, especially that she was on her way to school. The kiddos are young and impressionable.”
Another parent added “I wouldn’t want that around my child.”
Just last week another Humble ISD teacher was arrested, although on far more serious charges after police found heroin, meth, and other narcotics, along with stacks of cash, in elementary school teacher Monica Quintero’s apartment.
Birge said “I don’t trust the schools as much as I used to. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about what they do on their own time. She was bringing it here, I hope we don’t find out about other things.”
Another parent added “they should monitor the teachers more. Something in the system is broken for sure.”