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Teacher faces DUI charges in Connecticut

A Connecticut teacher faces DUI charges in an accident that occurred on Dec. 3, 2014. According to the school district in Columbia, she resigned from her teaching position 72 hours after the accident. In one announcement, the district is quoted as saying that the matter is now a legal issue.

The teacher, a resident of Mansfield, was taken into custody after the December accident and charged with DUI and vehicular assault. She was released after paying the $50,000 court-ordered bond.

According to police records, the incident occurred on Route 32 in Willimantic, where the teacher allegedly cut off another vehicle, causing it to hit an elderly pedestrian. The man, 78, and an occupant of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital, but no further information has been provided concerning their condition as of the time of the report.

Allegedly, the woman had multiple DUIs since 1998, and her license was previously suspended. It was restored in 2011. The woman held several teaching positions in the area. In a 2013 background check, according to the school district, the district became aware of two previous DUIs to which the woman admitted. Two DUI charges in September and December of 2009 resulted in convictions in 2010. In the first, she was given a 6-month sentence, which was suspended after 48 hours with 1-year probation. In the second, she was convicted of DUI with a suspended license, and a 30-day jail sentence was imposed. In addition, an August 1998 conviction resulted in a 6-month sentence.

An individual with a past history of DUI may face additional penalties. Aside from losing a job, he or she may incur fines and jail time. Consulting an attorney who may be able to structure a plea agreement might be beneficial.

Source: Eyewitness News 3, "Columbia teacher resigns after DUI arrest," Joseph Wenzel IV, Jan. 05, 2015

Source: FoxCT, 'Woman charged with DUI after serious crash in Willimantic," Schoenfeld, Samantha, Dec. 3, 2014

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