EVSC administrator pleads guilty to DUI on school property

PUBLISHED: Aug. 31, 2017

BY: Shannon Hall, Courier & Press reporter

An Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. administrator pleaded guilty Monday to a drunken driving charge after her arrest last week on Harrison High School grounds.

Emily J. Smith-McCormick’s blood-alcohol level was 0.287 percent when she was arrested Aug. 25, according to court documents.

Smith-McCormick pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more and was ordered to the Vanderburgh County’s drug and alcohol deferral services program.

The conviction and sentencing will be dismissed if Smith-McCormick successfully completes the program.

Police were dispatched for a possible drunken driving run at about 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 25 in Harrison High School’s parking lot.

Witness told officers that they saw her driving around the parking lot. The officers arrived and saw Smith-McCormick in the driving seat.

She failed three standardized field-sobriety tests, according to a probable cause affidavit. Smith-McCormick was taken to a hospital and submitted a blood sample.

Smith-McCormick was named the EVSC’s director of instruction this summer.

She previously held the position of director of curriculum and response to intervention. In 2016, she was compensated almost $93,000, according to online state records.

EVSC spokesman Jason Woebkenberg said he couldn’t comment on personnel issues.

A message was left with her attorney seeking comment.

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