Teacher Arrested For Alleged DWI While Driving To School

A middle school teacher in Humble, Texas has been charged with DWI after authorities said she was swerving all over the road -- while she was on the way to teach class.

Investigators say Patricia Almond, 48, even grazed a highway retaining wall on southbound Highway 59 before they pulled her over shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

Investigators said Almond was disoriented with bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and was swaying from side to side, reports.

Almond was arrested on suspicion of DWI, but the charges haven't stopped her from teaching class.

The Humble Independent School District released this statement about the arrest:

“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.”

Parents at Timberwood Middle School, where Almond teaches art and drama are concerned about the arrest.

“That is very unfortunate; especially that she was on her way to school. The kiddos are young and impressionable,” Beth Birge told KHOU-TV.

Almond isn't the only teacher employed by the Humble ISD that has been arrested recently.

Monica Quintero, a first grade teacher at Ridgecreek Elementary, was busted last Wednesday for allegedly dealing drugs out of her apartment with her felon boyfriend and two others.

Authorities said they found various forms of heroin, meth and GHB, as well as new and used syringes, a heroin purification lab in the kitchen, a large amount of cash and multiple firearms, according to the New York Daily News.

Quintero, 31, of Porter was charged with two counts of first-degree felony manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.



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