At about 7:40am, an off-duty detective with the Humble Police Department was on his way to work on Highway 59 when he spotted a vehicle swerving all over the road and then graze a highway retaining wall. The detective called dispatch, concerned the driver was impaired and posing a danger on the road.
The vehicle exited Highway 59 at Townsen Boulevard, where a marked police vehicle conducted a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Patricia Almond, 48. Police say when she got out of the car she was swaying from side to side and appeared to be disoriented. They add that her eyes were blood shot and had the smell of alcohol on her breath. Officers contacted Humble EMS to come to the scene to check out Almond to ensure there were no medical issues causing the impairment.
Almond was taken into custody for suspicion of DWI. A mandatory blood draw warrant was obtained through the Harris County District Attorney's office and a specimen of Almond's blood was submitted for testing.
While on scene, police say Patricia Almond told them she is a teacher at Timberwood Middle School. Humble ISD says she is still employed and at the district issued the following statement regarding her arrest:
"The incident is being addressed through the court system, as it happened off campus, outside of school hours, and did not involve students. Human Resources will be reviewing the police report and then meeting with the staff member to discuss options."