Bartow High School Teacher Arrested for DUI

A Bartow High teacher was arrested Saturday on charges of DUI after deputies allege he crashed into a mailbox.

The 51-year-old was driving home from the Lake Wales Mardi Gras parade at about 6 p.m. Saturday when his car apparently smashed into a concrete mailbox on Lake Daisy Boulevard, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies claim the man’s speech was slurred and that they could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle. They allege the man told them he drank three beers at the parade and was on his way home when he crashed.

According to deputies, the man performed three field sobriety tests and showed several signs of impairment.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail, where he provided breath samples for a breath analysis test. Deputies claim those came back with separate readings of .195 and .205.

The man is facing one count of driving under the influence. He was released from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office after posting a $500 bond.

DUI charges in the state of Florida are on the rise and cops are cracking down in all counties looking for drunk drivers roving throughout their territory. Many teachers, and other upstanding individuals, who have never been in trouble, are finding themselves arrested due to driving after a couple drinks. They are worried about losing their credentials, which would result in job loss. If you are in a similar situation, then you need to consult with a Tampa Bay area DUI Lawyer at Whittel & Melton immediately!

The Office of Professional Practices with the Florida Department of Education is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct for both public and private school teachers, as well as other certified educators throughout the State of Florida. Misconduct can include accusations that a misdemeanor or felony offense was committed either due to an arrest or formal charges being filed.

If you are currently working as a public or private school teacher in the Polk County or throughout the Tampa Bay area, we can help you understand what to expect after a DUI arrest. Remember, do not speak with police regarding the allegations until after you have discussed the case with us. Call us today at 813-221-3200 or contact us online for a free consultation.  

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