New details about accused drunk teacher

New details about accused drunk teacher

Posted: Updated: Aug 19, 2014 12:58 AM
GILBERT, Ariz. - New information tonight about the San Tan Valley teacher arrested after school officials say she showed up drunk to teach class.

It was released that she was arrested hours before for drunk driving but now the details have emerged of that arrest including a witness who saw her behind the wheel driving erratically.

That teacher made national headlines last Wednesday when students say she showed up to teach them algebra and was clearly intoxicated. 

The day before that same teacher was arrested for DUI just after she left school.

57-year-old math teacher Kathleen Jardine was cited last week after students at Poston Butte High School say she showed up to school with bloodshot eyes, slurring, cursing, and with booze in her purse.

There are now details about what happened the day before she allegedly showed up to school drunk.

In a 911 call, a person reported her driving. "I'm worried about a driver that's kind of swerving all over... I'm on Queen Creek Road going towards Higley," said the caller.

Last Tuesday, shortly after leaving school drivers saw Jardine driving erratically near a different school, Perry High School on Queen Creek near Val Vista.

911 Dispatcher: "What was it that she was doing, you say she was swerving?"

Caller: "She was swerving and at two red lights she kind of stalled, and that's why I got in front her, and now she's stalled at Queen Creek and Higley."

911 Dispatcher: "She's kind of taking a bit to go on the green light?"

Caller: "Yeah."

A traffic enforcement officer on a motorcycle spotted Jardine near a school zone and pulled her over. According to a police report Jardine admitted to driving in her car after school. She said she had wine and vodka.

That officer in the report asked her how she would describe her driving. She replied, "(expletive) awesome," he asked if that was consistent, she replied, "No, I'm not (expletive) awesome."

The report said there was a bottle of peppermint schnapps next to the driver's seat; it was 3/4's empty. When she was asked if she was drinking and driving, Jardine said; "I only drink it when I'm stopped."

After conducting field sobriety tests, Jardine's portable breath test came back with a BAC of .257.

And that is considered a super extreme DUI, so Jardine's Ford Explorer was impounded.

So she says she took a cab to Poston Butte High School after she was released. The morning she was was cited for drinking on campus, a school resource officer used a breathalyser on Jardine and that showed a BAC of .205.
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