Pinellas County teacher charged with DUI, drug possession and resisting arrest

Karen Boehm, Pinellas County Jail photo

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Pinellas County teacher was charged Thursday with driving under the influence, drug possession and resisting arrest – without violence.

A 911 operator received a call about Karen Boehm’s driving.

Boehm, 58, of Oldsmar, is identified as an elementary school teacher in an arrest affidavit. The website of Curlew Creek Elementary, located in Palm Harbor, lists her as a fourth-grade teacher.

Narcotics deputies then saw the defendant “operating her vehicle and having difficulty maintaining her lane of travel,” the affidavit says. She was stopped around 10:08 p.m. at Countryside Boulevard and Westchester Drive N.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Boehm refused to exit her vehicle when advised to do so by law enforcement. An officer had to help remove her from the vehicle, deputies said. Boehm “then pulled away and attempted to prevent me from (handcuffing) her by backing away from me, bracing and tensing,” a responding deputy said.

She declined to undergo field sobriety tests. Boehm admitted to having two glasses of wine, deputies said. Deputies also said Boehm urinated herself on the side of the road.

Deputies said her breath smelled strongly of alcohol, she was unsteady and staggering, and her eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy.

She had acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate in her possession, a schedule II controlled substance, deputies said. Boehm did not obtain the pills lawfully from a valid doctor, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said the defendant said she doesn’t take those pills.

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