COVINGTON -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrested a Newton High School teacher Saturday night around 9:45 and charged her with DUI, possession of cocaine, failure to maintain lane and open container.
Kathern Laura Green, 36, of Oxford, was stopped after a deputy observed the 1998 Ford Explorer she was driving on Milstead Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed, at one point clocking the vehicle at 59 mph in the 45 mph zone, according to an RCSO incident report.
The report also states that the deputy saw the vehicle veer off the roadway onto the shoulder after it turned onto Ga. Highway 138. As the car turned onto Centennial Olympic Parkway, the deputy made a traffic stop near the Keswick Village apartment complex.
"When speaking with Mrs. Green I noticed a moderate odor of an alcoholic beverage, her eyes were glassy and her speech was slurred," the report states. "She uttered that it's not like I'm drunk or anything," and when asked if she'd had anything to drink she replied, "No, not really."
The incident report indicates that a field sobriety test was stopped due to Green telling the deputy of various medical problems she had concerning her hips, leg, ankles and back. A manual reading of a portable Blood Alcohol Sensor showed her blood alcohol level to be .143 and she was arrested.
When the deputy retrieved Mrs. Green's purse from her vehicle before it was impounded, he noticed a cup with "what appeared to be red wine" in the center console of the vehicle. In searching her purse, the deputy also found "a small clear plastic bag tied in a knot ... Inside the clear plastic bag was a white powdery substance suspected to be powdered cocaine ... The substance was field tested and tested positive for crack/cocaine."
The report states that the weight of the cocaine was just over 2 grams.
Green was released from the jail after three days.
Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at the Newton County School System, confirmed Thursday that Green is a language arts teacher who has been employed with NCSS since 2006.
"We've just been informed of this situation today and an investigation is ongoing," she said Thursday.
Staff Reporter Michelle Floyd contributed to this report.