Drunk in public is a charge in California that is a misdemeanor and can result in fines of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. If the police have stopped you for the possibility of drunk in public and advised you to get a ride home, it might not be the best idea to go get in your own car. That can result in a DUI charge, which might be more serious, especially if drunk while helping school children cross the street. KTLA reports on a crossing guard charged with child abuse and DUI.
San Marino police responded to the intersection of Virginia and Roanoke Roads based upon reports that the crossing guard was intoxicated. Three schools are in the area where the police responded.
59-year-old Karen Myles of Altadena refused a breathalyzer test, though officers did believe that she was intoxicated. Officers at the scene said that she did not meet the criteria for a drunk in public charge. Myles was advised not to drive and to obtain a ride home. Police advised Myles that they would be contacting her supervisor.
Myles then got into her vehicle and drove away. She was later stopped and arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Later, police received a video of Myles’s behavior while acting as a crossing guard. More videos, all recorded the same day, were obtained. Police then went to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with the video evidence.
An additional charge of child abuse was filed against Myles. She was also discovered to have been driving on a suspended license and had an outstanding warrant out for her arrest for $50,000.
Myles was placed on administrative leave.
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