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Teacher drives to school with blood alcohol 4 times the legal limit, Michigan cops say

A high school teacher in Michigan was arrested after police say he showed up drunk to school on Wednesday.

Administrators at Lakeland High School in White Lake Township suspected a 44-year-old teacher was drunk when he got to work around 8 a.m., WDIV reported.

A school resource officer was called to investigate, during which time the teacher admitted to drinking before driving to school, Livingston Daily reported. The teacher was administered a breathalyzer test which measured his blood alcohol level at .354% — more than four times the legal driving limit, according to the news outlet.

Blood alcohol levels reaching .35% are considered the same level as “surgical anesthesia,” the health services department at the University of California, San Diego says. People with levels that high can stop breathing or slip into a coma.

The school issued a shelter-in-place order while the teacher was arrested so that “students [would] not witness the situation,” WXYZ reported.

Police had a preexisting warrant for the teacher’s arrest linked to an incident from October 2018 related to driving on a suspended license and driving while intoxicated, WDIV reported.

The teacher was expected to be arraigned Thursday on identical charges, WXYZ reported. His name was not released.

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Dawson covers goings-on across the central region, from breaking to bizarre. She is an MSt candidate at the University of Cambridge and lives in Kansas City.
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