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High school teacher charged with drunk driving, police say his blood alcohol level was four times legal limit

Posted at 9:32 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 22:24:31-04

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Lakeland High School teacher was taken into custody at the White Lake Township after, police say, a Breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol limit was more than four times the legal limit.

Police say a school resource officer investigated the unnamed teacher around 8:00 a.m. because administrators suspected he was intoxicated. The Breathalyzer determined he had a blood alcohol level of .354%.

Officers say the teacher from West Bloomfield admitted to consuming alcohol before driving to school. He is expected to be arraigned on Thursday on charges of operating while intoxicated with a high blood-alcohol content and for driving with a suspended license.

The school's principal sent the following statement to parents:

I wanted to make you aware that a Lakeland staff member was escorted by the police from LHS today as a result of legal issues unrelated to students. A shelter in place was called so that students did not witness the situation. The staff member will not be on campus while this matter is pending. I cannot share any additional information at this time.