HUMBLE, Texas An Humble ISD teacher was arrested on suspicion of DWI while she was on her way to work Thursday, police said.
According to the Humble Police Department, Patricia Almond, a theatre and arts teacher, was on her way to Timberwood Middle School just before 8 a.m. when officers spotted her swerving and hit a retaining wall.
It happened near Highway 59 and Townsen Drive, police said. Parents were stunned.
Nice teacher, no complaints, uh, huh, said one parent.
I wouldn t want that around my child said another parent.
When Almond exited the vehicle, officers observed her to be disoriented, swaying from side to side, had blood shot eyes and had the smell of alcohol on her breath, police said.
That is very unfortunate; especially that she was on her way to school. The kiddos are young and impressionable, said Beth Birge, a concerned parent.
Just last week, another Humble ISD teacher was arrested on drug charges. Investigators said heroin, meth and other drugs were found in her apartment in Porter. Officers also found stacks of cash.
Monica Quintero is on paid leave from Ridgecreek Elementary.
They should monitor the teachers more. Something in the system is broken for sure, said Krusty McCurley, another concerned parent.
One parent now wants to home school her kids.
I don t trust the schools as much I used to. Unfortunately, we can t do anything about what they do on their own time. She was bringing it here, I hope we don t find out about other things, said Birge.
The school district sent KHOU 11 News a statement: 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.