CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Long Island middle school teacher has been freed on $2,500 bail following her arrest on charges she was driving while impaired during a hit-and-run crash.
Tracey Forman pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Forman’s family and friends rushed out of the courtroom without saying a word Tuesday morning.
Suffolk County police arrested the 47-year-old at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of Center Moriches High School.
Police said she crashed into a parked van on the way to school.
Forman is charged with leaving the scene and driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol.
According to prosecutors, Forman admitted she took anxiety and depression medication in the morning and said “I should not have been driving because I had two shots last night,” Hall reported.
He license was suspended by the judge.
Her attorney and school officials declined comment.
Prosecutors say Forman had a prior arrest in December on a charge of shoplifting $347 in merchandise from a Kohl’s department store. Those charges were to be dropped in August if she avoided further arrest.
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