A former Albertville special education teacher had her probation revoked last week after she allegedly hit a coin-operated laundry business and a parked car in the city of Glencoe on Friday morning.
Glencoe Police Investigator Kenon McKenzie said Suzanne Greer Johnson, 41, was driving the van that hit a parked car at 9:45 a.m. at a coin-operated laundry near the Big Chief Drive-in restaurant before hitting the building itself on West Main Street. Luckily a wall beneath the plate glass windows kept Johnson's van from entering the laundry business and injuring anyone inside, McKenzie said Monday morning. The owner of the vehicle she struck was inside the laundry at the time, but was not injured, McKenzie said. Johnson was taken to a local hospital for evaluation of minor injuries, he said.
Johnson was given a field sobriety test where she blew a 0.338, significantly higher than the legal limit of 0.08, McKenzie said.
Johnson was charged with driving on a revoked license, driving under the influence, violating the open container law by having alcohol in her vehicle and violating her probation.
Glencoe Municipal Court Clerk Susan Casey said Johnson was on probation for a January domestic violence charge and had "lengthy history" of DUI charges in the Glencoe area.
In a February appearance before Glencoe Municipal Judge James Shelnutt, Johnson was required to complete an intensive outpatient program for substance abuse, to avoid arrest and refrain from using alcohol. In return for compliance, the domestic violence charge would have been dropped.
Instead, on Friday afternoon, Johnson appeared before Shelnutt, who reinstated her sentence and additionally sentenced her to pay a fine, serve 60 days in the Etowah County Detention Center, serve 120 days suspended, and was required to enroll and successfully complete alcohol/substance abuse and anger management outpatient therapy programs in addition to attending a minimum of 50 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She was also sentenced to serve 24 months of probation.
Johnson was arrested twice in 2008 for driving under the influence in Albertville.
On Aug. 16, Johnson struck a utility pole at the intersection of Section Line Road and Edmondson Street. She was arrested eight days later at the intersection of U.S. 431 and Alabama 75. Both incidents resulted in Johnson being charged with DUI.
At the time, Johnson was employed as a special education teacher for Big Spring Lake Kindergarten in Albertville. She was later terminated by the school system.
Records from the Alabama Department of Public Education show Johnson's teaching certificate was revoked on May 7, 2009.
The Department of Education and Alabama State codes state the Department of Education "has the authority to impose penalties upon an Alabama certified teacher who has been found guilty of inappropriate conduct or behavior."
Johnson is currently lodged in the Etowah County Detention Center under a $2,500 bond.