A Florida middle school teacher facing a drunk-driving charge allegedly volunteered oral sex and breast-groping privileges to a police officer if he let her go.
Mary Patricia Maloney’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day began at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, when her white Dodge van slammed into a Chevy pickup truck, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Maloney allegedly fled the scene, but a witness who observed the collision pursued her vehicle until she stopped.
Local police officers who intercepted the Palm Springs Middle School teacher described her eyes as “bloodshot, glassy and only partially open.” She told officers she wouldn’t participate in a sobriety test without a lawyer present.
Upon searching the van, the Sun Sentinel notes, officers on the scene found an empty Carlo Rossi wine jug in the backseat. Also, both airbags had been deployed.
Officers allege that the 53-year-old teacher first proposed a bribe when they took her to a patrol car.
“How much do I need to pay you to just let me go?” Maloney asked an officer who was driving her to the police station, reports the Sun Sentinel. “Don’t you understand I am a school teacher?”
When that gambit failed, according to the arrest report, the seventh-grade science teacher allegedly turned on the charm by offering oral sex, as well as the opportunity to clutch her breasts.
Maloney is now charged with half a dozen crimes, including hit and run, knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license and bribery.
Maloney reportedly boasts a handful of other brushes with the law. In 2009, she was convicted of driving under the influence, and her license was suspended. In October 2010, she committed an undisclosed probation violation. Charges were dropped in an August 2010 battery case.
In addition to legal difficulties, Maloney also faces disciplinary action and possibly a pink slip from her employer, the School District of Palm Beach County.
“These are very serious charges and could subject the employee to discipline of suspension or termination,” district spokesperson Nat Harrington told the Sun Sentinel.
Before the district can render a decision, though, the district’s Employee Assistance Program, which provides counseling and other services to school district employees, must process Maloney.