Elementary parapro charged with DUI

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.


Gundoctor1 3 years, 1 month ago

You will not be reporting to this school again, but on the bright side of things, you could get hired as a superintendent, or governor, or president of a large country with 50 states. There are many things you can do with just one DUI. There's Hope and change ahead for you.


HonestIngine 3 years, 1 month ago

She blew the Breathalyzer and her career all in one! But look at the bright side, she'll still get her pension and not have to go to work. Time to talk retirement...


danielsobczak 3 years, 1 month ago

For what it's worth, and this is not condoning the actions of this individual, but where are the stories about plumbers, car salesmen, accountants, doctors, etc. driving under the influence? Oh wait, because this person is in education, we have to share it with the world when they do wrong.


ssilover1 3 years, 1 month ago

Or she could go home and rebuild her life and continue to help others in many new ways. Let the self-rightous stand up and face the world.


R 3 years, 1 month ago

Too bad she wasn't a chairman, GA state government member (senator or representative) or former mayor. I just want to know if she had a pre-school period meeting over in Norcross concerning math problems before this incident, if so, I could understand the issue much better.

Shame we turn to Atlanta news to find out about our own fun times Gwinnett, Dekalb, Atlanta - hey we are all in "a region" together right? A family that taxes together stays LOCKED together.


areyourserious 3 years, 1 month ago

areyouserious?? that's my username because I think it is disgusting that it appears as if a lot of you are making it seem okay. Do we forget that she was on her way to work with CHILDREN?????????? DUI is wrong... no matter what, but being in education we all know that we're held to a different standard than corporate america.... double the limit, while on the way to helping special needs students... not so much.. she's lucky no one died along the way. disgusting.


ssilover1 3 years, 1 month ago

To areyouserious?? I don't read that anyone thinks it is OK. What I read are pitifully cynical adults writing smart aleck comments that do not stay with the topic.The individual will lose his/her job and needs to find a way to rebuild. Yes, thankfully no one was injured because of that para pro's misjudgement and illegal behavior. But, the fact is no one was and today is a new day in that person's life. I pray he/she will be able to rebuild and will be able to contribute to their family and community in a meaningful way. And, for educators whose every move in in the news, God help...PLEASE be perfect.


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