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FIRST ON 3: Teacher admitted texting, blew .13 after school-night crash

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Texting and driving is never a good thing, especially if you’ve been drinking. A New Hanover County teacher admitted she was at least doing one of those things when she hit a van last week.

The Highway Patrol says Theresa Suzanne Jones-Carpenter was just one of 81 weekend DWI arrests in the Cape Fear region. The difference is the 36-year-old is a teacher at Castle Hayne Elementary.

A trooper says Jones-Carpenter rear-ended a van pulling into a parking lot off Dawson Street. It happened early Friday morning, which was a school day.

Sgt. C.M. Hardee with the Highway Patrol says along with the DWI she is also charged with failure to reduce speed and texting while driving.

On his report Hardee wrote, “The first thing she said was I was texting and didn’t see him… I feel stupid.” Hardee continued, “I could smell alcohol.”

According to the report, in her first breath test Jones-Carpenter blew a point 0.13, followed by a point 0.12, which is well over the legal limit of .08.

A school district spokeswoman says that no personnel action has been taken yet and that administrators are looking into what happened.

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