BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Two principals at separate schools in Brevard County have been accused of driving under the influence, according to local officials.
The incidents occurred over the weekend, with 62-year-old John Harris, the principal of Heritage High School, being arrested on Friday in Melbourne, and 56-year-old Jennifer Born, the principal of Lewis Carroll Elementary, being arrested on Saturday on the same charge.
Harris was arrested after a deputy noticed a vehicle parked improperly at a Wawa gas station and saw Harris honking the horn at another driver.
Deputies say that the vehicle was running and in drive, Harris’ eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and the deputy smelled alcohol on his breath. Harris consented to a field sobriety test, and upon completion, probable cause was established to arrest him on a DUI charge.
Harris refused a breath and urine test and was booked into the Brevard County jail, where he was later released on a $500 bond.
Born’s arrest came after a deputy saw her swerving over the white line in the bike lane multiple times.
Deputies say that her speech was slurred, her eyes were bloodshot, and alcohol was smelled on her breath. She was asked to perform field sobriety exercises and did not perform to the required standard.
For more Brevard County teacher discipline actions, visit the Brevard County Public Schools Teacher Disciplinary Database on Brevard Times.