Drunken Arizona teacher arrested, vodka and mixers found in classroom

"Learning math can be hard enough, I can’t imagine trying to learn it from a drunk teacher," sheriff says.
By Evan Bleier  |  Aug. 15, 2014 at 8:17 AM
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FLORENCE , Ariz., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- At least she kept her pants on, unlike a teacher in Oklahoma.

An Arizona math teacher was arrested at San Tan Valley high school on Wednesday after she allegedly had to take a taxi to work because she was too drunk to drive.

Kathleen Jardine somehow made it into her classroom and attempted to teach, but then aroused her students' suspicions by "yelling and cursing" at them.

"She just seemed slow," student Cole McCormick told CBS 5.

After a school security officer found vodka and mixers in her classroom, the 57-year-old allegedly admitted she had been drinking and the alcohol belonged to her.

Jardine was cited for consumption of alcohol in public and she could also be facing a disorderly conduct charge, according to a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

According to Gilbert Police, Jardine was arrested for driving drunk the day before and cited for extreme DUI and failure to maintain a lane.

"Learning math can be hard enough, I can't imagine trying to learn it from a drunk teacher," said Sheriff Paul Babeu. "This is not the first time teacher Kathleen Jardine has been intoxicated in the classroom."

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