Springfield middle school teacher arrested on DUII, drug charges: SPRINGFIELD — A middle school teacher was arrested on charges of drunken driving and cocaine possession Friday night, according to Springfield police.Jennifer Lee Crouch, a teacher at Briggs Middle School in Springfield, was with a group of people in the Cinemark 17 Theatre in Springfield about 10:20 p.m. Friday when Springfield police investigated a complaint of “intoxicated and disorderly” people at the theater, according to a news release sent Saturday night by Springfield police Sgt. Keith Seanor.The group, which reportedly included Crouch, was escorted from the theater and warned not to drive for the rest of the evening, Seanor said.Despite the warning, police later saw Crouch driving from the Shoppes at Gateway, where the theater is, and pulled her over, Seanor said in the news release.After a field test, police arrested Crouch and booked her into the Lane County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and cocaine possession. The cocaine possession charge is a class C felony that carries a maximum potential penalty of a $125,000 fine and up to five years in prison.Seanor also said that evidence seized at the scene will be tested on the suspicion that it is Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, also known as LSD.Crouch was not among the inmates listed on the jail roster Sunday afternoon.Jenna McCulley, a spokeswoman for the Springfield School District, said Sunday that police informed the district about the charges Saturday and that Crouch since has been placed on admininstrative leave with pay pending resolution of the charges against her.Crouch has been employed at Briggs Middle School since 2013. She is an eighth-grade teacher focused on language arts and social studies.
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