A young Navasota High School teacher is on paid, administrative leave today pending the outcome of an investigation into her arrest in college station late Saturday night, January 7th, for allegedly striking several parked vehicles while she was driving drunk.
College Station P.D. Officer Jeffrey Pearce reports finding 25-year-old Ashley Marrie Craft in her white Kia Soul about a half hour before midnight, parked around 60 yards from several damaged vehicles in the 3100 block of Cain Road. There was significant damage to the front driver side of her car and the front driver side tire was blown out.
Additionally, he said her eyes were red, bloodshot and glassy, her speech was slurred and he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath.
According to Officer Pearce’s Probable Cause Statement, Craft could not remember striking any vehicles and didn’t really know what was going on, except that she had been in an argument with her ex-boyfriend and wanted to go see him.
Pearce reports Craft openly admitting to him that she had a drinking problem, had consumed three shots of Seagram’s Seven whiskey that evening and should not have been driving, but was very upset about the argument with her ex.
She also explained she’d recently undergone gastric bypass surgery, which increased the influence of alcohol on her.
Craft was transported to the Brazos County Jail where she failed two breath tests and was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.