Teacher Suspected of Classroom Intoxication Sent to Detention at County Jail
Photo: Teagen Leonhart (LinkedIn)
SAN RAFAEL — A high school teacher spent time in detention at Marin County Jail for allegedly showing up for classes intoxicated. She was arrested April 27, but she is presently no longer in custody.
Teagen Leonhart, 46 of San Rafael, teaches English at Terra Linda High School, located on Nova Albion Way. A school employee reported seeing Leonhart intoxicated. Leonhart was removed from a classroom by a school administrator who also believed she showed signs of intoxication.
San Rafael police were notified by school authorities. An officer with special training, certified as a drug recognition expert, was dispatched to the school to investigate.
When Leonhart was questioned by the officer, she initially denied consuming any alcohol. Then she consented to an alcohol screening test. The results indicated her blood alcohol level was three times higher than the legal limit—if she were driving.
In a prepared statement the San Rafael Police Department said. “When confronted by the results of the test, she admitted to consuming alcohol that morning.”
The officer determined the teacher was under the influence of alcohol, a prescription drug, and cannabis. At this point, Leonhart was arrested and transported to county jail.
The investigation revealed that Leonhart had been teaching class all morning. She was responsible for the safety of 53 children during her workday. It was determined that she was unable to care for their safety while they were in her classroom.
Leonhart was booked on suspicion of public intoxication and child endangerment.