LAWRENCEVILLE — A special needs paraprofessional with Gwinnett County Public Schools was released from jail Thursday after she was arrested on DUI charges.
The arrest occurred on the morning of a regularly scheduled school day at Kanoheda Elementary in Lawrenceville, where she works.
Lawrenceville police responded at 7:19 a.m. to a wreck with injuries at Monfort and Old Norcross Roads. An officer arriving at the scene found four cars bumper to bumper.
The officer approached the driver of the last car, Dorothy Sandra Johnson-Kinsland, 59, and asked what had happened.
According to the report, Johnson-Kinsland was “confused and was slurring her words.”
The report states that the other drivers involved said they were all sitting at the light “when Mrs. Johnson ran into the rear of them.”
When the officer returned to Johnson-Kinsland he could “smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.”
Johnson-Kinsland agreed to take a field sobriety test but failed it. She blew a .182 on a Breathalyzer test—more than twice the legal limit in Georgia for driving after drinking.
She was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 8:44 a.m. and bonded out at 2:52 p.m. the same day. School officials said the woman called her workplace Thursday morning and “self-reported that she had been involved in a vehicular accident.”
District Spokesman Jorge Quintana said the system is “conducting an internal investigation, and the employee will not be reporting to the school pending the outcome.”
Johnson-Kinsland has been employed by the school district since 1987.