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Florida Teacher Accused Of DUI After Crashing In School Parking Lot

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File photo of police conducting a sobriety test at a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of police conducting a sobriety test at a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Florida police arrest a teacher for DUI after crashing her car in the school’s parking lot.

Authorities were called to Dunbar Middle School on Nov. 3 after Christine Murgueytio reportedly ran her Kia SUV into an unoccupied Toyota. She was found in possession of two empty beer cans when police went into her vehicle.

Murgueytio also told police that she had taken an Ambien the night before the incident.

In an official police report provided to CBS Tampa by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, authorities state that Murgueytio appeared to be inebriated.

“He observed (her) swaying, stumbling, and that her speech was thick-tongued,” the report said.

Once the portion of the investigation concerning the car accident was concluded, responding officers continued to speak with Murgueytio about the state in which she appeared to be.

Officers asked the teacher to submit to several field sobriety tests, including horizontal and vertical gaze tests, walking in a straight line, balancing on one leg, and touching her finger to her nose.

She agreed, but Murgueytio then struggled with all four tests.

“Based on my observations, I placed (her) into custody,” the report said. “While retrieving Murgueytio’s personal affects [sic] from her vehicle, I observed two opened and empty cans of Bud Light beer located in her lunchbox, beside two uneaten plums.”

Once in police custody, a urine sample was collected, and a breath test conducted. Samples have been sent to a lab for further analysis.

Murgueytio was rcited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as well as causing property damage. She was released to the Lee County jail for further processing.

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