POLK COUNTY, FL – Authorities say a teacher was driving under the influence when she was involved in a car crash in Polk County last week.
According to WFLA, 57-year-old Kathryn Lewis is charged with DUI and DUI with property damage. Lewis is a middle school teacher at Jewett Middle Academy in Winter Haven. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Lewis was driving a Nissan Sentra when the accident occurred in Winter Haven last Thursday at about 5:40 p.m.
Investigators said she failed to yield the right-of-way while making a left turn onto Orange Manor Drive, and collided with a Toyota Corolla. No one was injured in the crash.
The driver of the Corolla informed a Haines City police officer that Lewis was walking away from the scene. The officer caught up with her and she was subsequently placed under arrest following a field sobriety test. The sheriff’s office said Lewis admitted having consumed alcoholic beverages at a party before the accident.
The recklessness of drunk drivers puts themselves and others at risk of accidents and serious injuries. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to someone’s careless choice to drive while intoxicated, then you might be entitled to compensation. Our team of Polk County Car Accident Lawyers at Kemp, Ruge and Green Law Group have the experience and knowledge to fight on your behalf for justice. Call us at 727-835-8327 to request your free consultation.