The principal of Rosendale Elementary School in Niscauna was charged with drunk driving after a stop after the Thanksgiving break.
James Rexford, the department’s public information officer, said 44-year-old Laurel Jones was stopped by Bethlehem city police at 10:12 p.m. on November 27 for driving without a headlamp on Route 9W.
“Her breath smelled of alcohol and failed the field sobriety test,” Rexford said Friday.
However, Rexford said he did not have blood alcohol content levels available for Jones because he refused to submit to a chemical test.
Police said she was drinking at a bar and eatery Lost and Found in Albany.
Rexford said Jones also received a violation for driving without a headlamp. She is scheduled to appear in the town court on December 14.
“The district accepts this situation and takes it very seriously,” district spokesman Matt Lyons said in an email. “Ms. Jones brought this to the attention of district leaders. She currently serves as the school’s principal. As a normal practice, the district does not discuss personnel matters and makes no additional comments at this time. “
Jones was named principal of Rosendale by the school board in September. According to the Niscuna School District website, she previously served as the primary administrator for Bethlehem Central School District.
Neither Nisqyuna School Board President Kim Tully nor a spokesman for the school district could be reached for comment.
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