CMS teacher accused of being combative during DWI arrest resigns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school teacher who was arrested and charged with DWI after a single-car crash in February has resigned from the district.

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Troopers said Tameisha Guthery, who was a science teacher at Garinger High School, ran off the road and hit trees on the ramp from Interstate 77 to Interstate 85.

The trooper’s report said he smelled alcohol and saw that she had red, glassy eyes.

Guthery reportedly told the trooper what she does for a living.

“She advised she was a teacher at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. She advised her school that she worked at,” Trooper Ray Pierce said.

(Tameisha Guthery)

Troopers said Guthery told them she worked at Harding University High and lied about her name. They said they eventually found out her real name and that she actually works at Garinger.

Troopers said Guthery became difficult for troopers to handle when they tried to arrest her.

“The subject became a little more combative verbally and physically, and at some point, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called in reference to transporting that subject,” Pierce said.

CMPD helped contain Guthery in the rear cage of one of their cruisers, something troopers don’t have in their cars.

Troopers said Guthery wouldn’t cooperate and exchanged words to the point where Highway Patrol contacted the principal at Garinger.

“Our agency felt it was necessary to notify the school of some things that were said and done during the course of the driving while impaired investigation,” Pierce said.

Guthery reportedly refused to take a breath test, but the trooper got a blood sample.

She was charged with driving while impaired and for resisting the trooper.

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