Elementary teacher charged with DWI

A Fallston Elementary School teacher faces a DWI charge after an incident that allegedly happened on Jan. 1.

At about 2 a.m. Monday, Shelby police noticed a woman standing outside of a car in the parking lot of the Chicken Ranch at 331 W. Dixon Blvd., Shelby. Officers stopped to investigate.

According to police reports, the woman said her friend, Haley Melissa Hamrick, had too much to drink and shouldn’t be driving.

The woman said when she asked Hamrick to stop and let her call her father for a ride, they got into a argument.

Officers spoke to Hamrick and allege she was unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol, according to reports.

Police reports say Hamrick took a breath test and registereda 0.22. It is illegal to drive with a 0.08 blood-alcohol level in North Carolina.

Hamrick, 27, of Crow Road, Shelby, was charged with DWI. She was released on an unsecured bond. Neither the other woman or a male passenger were charged in the incident.

Cleveland County Schools administrators have not said how long Hamrick has worked for the system or if her job would be in jeopardy because of the allegations.


Joyce Orlando can be reached at 704-669-3341 or find her on Twitter @Star_J_Orlando.

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