School fires teacher after DWI arrest
GONZALES - A private school in Ascension Parish fired one of their teachers the day after police said she drove drunk and left the scene of a wreck she caused.
A spokesperson for the Ascension Christian Elementary School in Gonzales said in a press release that the school ended Jaime Ingrassia's employment Tuesday morning. She faces charges of second-offense DWI, hit-and-run, and careless operation after a wreck Monday morning.
Gonzales Police said Ingrassia registered 0.285 blood alcohol content on a breath test after she was stopped at a park near the site of the initial wreck. Investigators said Ingrassia told them she'd been sent home from the school before the wreck happened.
According to the school's press release, Principal Brett Shelton sent Ingrassia home after he noticing she was upset about something and taking her out of the classroom to talk about it. He said he did not see any signs Ingrassia was intoxicated, noting she didn't slur her words, lose her balance, and he didn't smell any alcohol while talking to her.
Ingrassia bonded out of the Ascension Parish jail Monday night on a $1,680 bond.
News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on the investigation into this wreck tonight at 6 p.m.