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Pasco elementary teacher arrested on DUI, drug charges

LAND O'LAKES — A teacher at Pine View Elementary was placed on administrative leave after she was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possessing drugs without a prescription.

A Tampa police officer pulled over Kerri Lane Eriksen, 28, at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 41, about 2 miles north of the Pasco-Hillsborough county line. The officer had followed Eriksen's 1997 gold Ford Mustang for a few miles and had noticed her swerving multiple times across all three lanes of traffic, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

A Pasco County deputy wrote that Eriksen smelled of alcohol "and had glassy eyes and slurred speech." She declined to submit to any field sobriety tests.

Eriksen, of 4947 Hartwell Loop, Land O'Lakes, was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail. There, officers discovered she had two Xanax pills and a quarter-tablet of clonazepam in her purse, according to a sheriff's report. She was charged with DUI, introduction of contraband into a detention facility and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

She was released later Tuesday on $9,000 bail.

Summer Romagnoli, spokeswoman for the Pasco school district, said Eriksen has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigations by law enforcement and the school district.

Pasco elementary teacher arrested on DUI, drug charges 08/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 13, 2010 6:42pm]
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