|Published:||May 22, 2013 5:42 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 22, 2013 5:54 PM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A school nurse is accused of showing up to work drunk. In fact, investigators say Noreen Freeman's blood alcohol level was .275. That's more than three times the legal limit.
Noreen Freeman is a school nurse at the Baker Center for Early Childhood Programs in Punta Gorda.
Tuesday morning, police officers got a call about a wreckless driver who had stopped their car in the school parking lot. They found Freeman behind the wheel.
"That's unacceptable to us, to come to work and to deal with the children in that state of mind is just totally unacceptable," says Mike Riley with Charlotte County Public Schools.
According to Noreen Freeman's arrest report, the police officer who handcuffed her said:
"I asked the defendant to walk to the rear of her vehicle and she used the side of the car as a brace to be able to comply with my request."
The officer said he could smell the odor of alcohol emanating from her breath.
"I was surprised that that early in the morning that someone even if they were in that kind of condition that they would show up. Especially being a nurse... it would been my wishes and the District's that she maybe had called in sick that day or taken a personal day," Riley adds.
Freeman told officers she was on medication for post surgery pain and the only drink she'd had was a vodka and coke the night before.
"It's a crying shame," says Brian Goodfriend.
Parent, Brian Goodfriend says news of the arrest is disturbing.
"It's really tragic that we can't have more faith in the people that are teaching our children and are taking care of our children when we send them to school each day," he adds.
The school district says, this is all still under investigation. Freeman could face anything from a verbal reprimand to termination.
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