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Second-grade teacher charged with being drunk at school had prior arrest

Tamatha Bradley
Tamatha Bradley WKYT-TV

A second-grade teacher recently charged with alcohol intoxication at a Franklin County school had previously come to the attention of Kentucky teacher’s certification board because of a DUI conviction last year, records show.

A police citation said Tamatha Bradley was charged most recently on October 26 with alcohol intoxication and resisting arrest at Collins Lane Elementary School in Frankfort.

According to the citation, a school resource officer said that she smelled of alcoholic drink and was unsteady on her feet while standing. She refused a sobriety test “and could not answer questions and repeated random incoherent sentences,” the citation said. Bradley attempted to pull away from the officer who was trying to handcuff her, the citation said, and said, “This is not happening. I’m not going.”

Bradley, 46, is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin District Court on November 13, according to court records.

The State Journal reported that Bradley has resigned from the school system. The State Journal obtained through a Kentucky Open Records request both Bradley’s October 30 resignation letter and an acceptance letter of the resignation from Franklin Superintendent Mark Kopp.

Kopp did not immediately return telephone calls from the Herald-Leader on Thursday.

The Herald-Leader obtained through a Kentucky Open Records request, a 2017 agreed order between Bradley and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

In 2017, Bradley was convicted on a 2016 charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of 0.29, according to court records. In Kentucky, people are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08 or above. Bradley attended a driver education program, paid $718 in fines and was sentenced to six days home incarceration in that case, records state.

The 2017 Education Professional Standards Board agreed order said Bradley was admonished for conduct unbecoming a teacher.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only dangerous, it is also a horrible example to set for students. This board will tolerate no further incidents of misconduct by Bradley,” the order said. It added that if Bradley broke the state law on professional ethics again, the board would initiate new disciplinary action and seek additional sanctions.

As of Thursday, there was no new pending case with the Education Professional Standards Board against Bradley. An attorney who represented her in the 2017 DUI case could not be reached for comment.

Police released dashcam video showing the arrest of Saryna Parker, a former Miami-Dade teacher suspected of driving drunk with her child in the backseat on March 19, 2017. In the video Parker appears to be stumbling during a field sobriety test an

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