KINGSPORT - A Kingsley Elementary School teacher has been suspended after the Tennessee Highway patrol charged her with first offense misdemeanor DUI, one count of misdemeanor implied consent and three counts of felony aggravated assault.
According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol incident report, Paula Jones McGlothlin, 39, of 2001 Maywood Drive, Kingsport, was observed by the arresting officer as "unable to walk or stand" when she was instructed to get out of her car.
The report says McGlothlin was driving her 2001 Honda Accord on north John B. Dennis Highway on April 28 when she hit the rear end of a 1992 Honda Accord driven by Justin D. Mayse, 31, of Gate City.
Trooper Kyle Cantwell indicated that McGlothlin was slurring her speech when answering his questions and had to brace herself up against her car in order to stand up.
After the trooper asked her to perform a few simple tasks, McGlothlin then refused an alcohol test and declined to complete other orders from the officer.
"She was not making any sense when talking to me," Cantwell's report said of McGlothlin, who was also characterized as arrogant, combative and uncooperative in the arrest report.
The accident report also says that the trooper spoke with five witnesses to the crash who observed McGlothlin's car traveling at a high rate of speed and swerving in and out of the lanes on John B. Dennis Highway before she hit Mayse's car.
Mayse suffered a neck injury and was transported to a local hospital after the crash. His wife, Judy Mayse, and a 2-year-old child were not hurt.
McGlothlin was taken to the Sullivan County Jail in Blountville and was booked on the five charges.
Sullivan County Board of Education attorney Pat Hull said McGlothlin has been suspended without pay until the school system can further investigate the incident. Hull said the administration was waiting on additional information from the Highway Patrol.
"She has been suspended," Hull said. "Obviously, our (the school administration) job during the suspension is to do the investigation of that whole situation and take whatever action may be warranted. I don't think that's a decision that's been made."
Under Tennessee State Board of Education rules, a felony conviction constitutes grounds for revocation or suspension of a teacher's license.
McGlothlin is a former Miss Johnson City and was first runner-up in the 1989 Miss Tennessee Pageant.