Teacher fired by OCS after DUI charge

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By Kenny Colston

A Locust Grove Elementary teacher charged with driving under the influence has been fired by Oldham County Schools.

Laura Munson, 52, a former gym teacher at the school, had her employment officially terminated on Tuesday. Her termination and unpaid suspension from Sept. 30 through her termination date were approved at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Munson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Superintendent Will Wells declined to comment on the decision at the school board meeting.

Munson’s attorney, Andrew Howell, did not return a phone call requesting comment.

It is Munson’s second DUI offense in the last five years, having previously been arrested for DUI in Breckinridge County in 2009.

Judge Diana Wheeler suspended Munson’s license at the arraignment, revoking her driving privileges in Kentucky. Because Munson is an Indiana resident, her actual license cannot be taken.

Munson’s next court hearing will be on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.

Munson was arrested two weeks ago after Oldham County Police received two complaints of her operating her vehicle recklessly on the road to and in Locust Grove’s school parking lot.

After being evaluated by the school’s principal, the arrest report states Munson was sent to BaptistWorx to be drug tested.

OCPD officers then interviewed Munson at BaptistWorx, stating she smelled “strongly of an alcoholic beverage” and had “glassy eyes and slurred speech,” according to the report.

Munson failed a Breathalyzer test, blowing a .129 at 9:54 a.m. that morning. The legal limit in Kentucky is a .08. Munson was charged with DUI, 2nd offense, according to her citation.

Munson was released from Oldham County Jail the same day as her arrest on a $500 bond.

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