2012-04-27 / Top Stories

Teacher Busted For DWI On RBB

By Howard Schwach

A Jamaica teacher who was nearly comatose in her running automobile at Beach 95 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on April 18 has been charged in Queens Criminal Court this week, officials say.

According to court documents supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Lisa Smith, 46, who both lives and teaches in Jamaica, was visiting bars in Rockaway at about 11 p.m. when she passed out in her car.

Police Officer Paul Muggeo was on patrol when he saw Smith sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2003 Nissan Altima with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

Muggeo said in court documents that Smith’s head was leaning out the driver’s side window and she appeared to be unconscious.

When Muggeo and his partner approached the car, she appeared to be intoxicated, with an odor of alcohol and watery eyes.

When she was awakened and asked to get out of the car, Muggeo said, she had slurred and incoherent speech and was unsteady on her feet.

She told cops that she was “somewhere in Brooklyn.”

She told the cops that she had been in a bar, where she had “two apple martinis,” but she later admitted that she had two beers.

Records show that Smith was taken to the 112 Precinct in Forest Hills, where she was given an intoxilyzer examination. The exam showed that she had a blood alcohol content of .113, far above the .08 reading needed for legal intoxication.

Smith was arraigned on April 19 on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and released without bail or bond for a future hearing on May 10.

Margie Feinberg, a long-time spokesperson for the Department of Education said that Smith was hired in 1997 as a substitute and has been in the same school since.

She has now been “reassigned pending the disposition of the court case.”

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