An Oklahoma elementary school teacher was arrested on the first day of school after she allegedly showed up to class intoxicated this Thursday, Fox News reported.
Officer-worn bodycam footage shows the moment Kimberly Coates, 53, was confronted by school resource officer Shane Dean and Perkins-Tryon School Superintendent Doug Ogle.
A third-grade teacher in Oklahoma was arrested after police said she was drunk in the classroom on the first day of school.
According to the Perkins Police Department, 53-year-old Kimberly Coates was arrested Thursday.
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From Fox News:
Coates began to say that she had taken medicine for anxiety the night before but was unable to name the medication. The third-grade teacher then agreed to take a breath test, during which she blew a blood alcohol concentration of .24 — three times the legal limit of .08, officials said.
“That’s not just one drink and you’re there,” Perkins Police Sgt. Spencer Gedon told KWTV. “That’s several drinks.”
Coates later said she was drinking late the night before and while on her way to work that morning, according to the bodycam video.
Upon returning from Coates’ classroom with her bag, the footage showed Ogle put down an empty blue plastic cup that apparently smelled of alcohol.
“No more games, right?” Ogle can be heard asking the teacher. “What is in that?”
“My juice,” Coates replied.
Ogle looked to the school resource officer, who then smelled the cup.
“Want to try again?” he asked. “That there is wine.”
Coats was eventually placed under arrest and escorted out of the school. She was taken to the Payne County Jail and charged with public intoxication.