A 55-year-old Virginia elementary school teacher has been placed on administrative leave and faces a raft of charges including drunk driving, resisting arrest and four counts of assault due to an incident in Kingsport on the afternoon of April 28. Reports indicate that the woman turned herself in after being released from a local hospital. Police say that she was sedated and hospitalized after being taken into custody.
Kingsport police say that they received a call about a possible drunk driver on the John B. Dennis Highway at about 5:20 p.m. At about the same time, Sullivan County paramedics say they were informed about a driver who appeared to be passed out in their car in the vicinity of the John B. Dennis Highway. Paramedics say that the woman drove away when they approached, but they were able to catch up to her at a nearby car wash.
Paramedics claim that the woman was belligerent and uncooperative when they tried to help her, and reports suggest that even the arrival of the police failed to calm her down. Officers say that they decided to have the woman transported to an area hospital when she indicated that she wished to harm herself. Reports reveal that she was sedated en route to the hospital after she allegedly kicked two police officers and grabbed several paramedics.
Most drunk driving cases are resolved when defendants enter into negotiated plea agreements. It can be difficult to convince prosecutors to reduce DUI charges when defendants behave poorly or show no signs of remorse. Defense attorneys may urge their clients to think of their long-term interests and cooperate with police. They could also encourage them to exercise the right to stay silent unless a lawyer is present.