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Pasco teacher arrested on DUI, drug charges

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Pasco teacher facing DUI, drug charges

A first-grade teacher at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in Elfers was arrested Sunday evening on drug-related charges.

Laura Santoro, 32, couldn't stay in her lane as she drove on U.S. 19 near Nebraska Avenue just after 6 p.m., according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's report. A deputy pulled her over. Her eyes were bloodshot and watery, the report states, and she failed a field sobriety test.

Inside her car, the deputy found a glass pipe with marijuana residue inside and other traces of marijuana in the car.

Santoro, of 3116 Roxbury Drive in Holiday, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. She was also charged with driving under the influence on an April morning in 2012. She was released that time on her own recognizance.

Santoro was released early Monday after posting $800 bail. The Pasco School District employee relations office is investigating her case. She was placed on paid administrative leave Monday.

Times staff writer

Pasco teacher arrested on DUI, drug charges 02/11/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:08pm]
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