LONGMONT, Colo. — An Altona Middle School teacher was arrested by Longmont police on Thursday following a suspected hit-and-run crash.
The police report alleges that Jessica Lynn Brady, 32, was possibly under the influence of alcohol when she fled the scene of a crash while going from her home to Altona Middle School. The alleged incident occurred at about 11:36 a.m. on Thursday.
Brady was arrested in the school’s parking lot.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Brady admitted she had a beer at her residence before returning to the school.
St. Vrain Valley Schools sent the following response to FOX31 reporter Evan Kruegel. In the emailed statement, the St. Vrain Valley school district confirmed the incident but said it can not comment further.
“Yesterday, during the lunch hour, a staff member was arrested in the parking lot of Altona Middle School on a matter unrelated to school operations. We will not be commenting further on personnel issues and all additional questions regarding the arrest can be directed to the Longmont Police Department,” said Kerri McDermid, the executive director of communications.
Additionally, Altona principal Jeremy LaCrosse sent the following message to families:
Communication is important to maintaining strong partnerships with our families. To that end, I wanted to share information about an incident that occurred earlier today.
During the lunch hour, a staff member was arrested in the parking lot on a matter unrelated to school operations. We understand that this may have been upsetting to some students and I wanted to make you aware so that you could discuss it with your child in a manner you felt most comfortable. We are working closely with the Longmont Police Department and do not have any additional details at this time. We will update you as soon as more information is available.
I want to take this moment to emphasize our highest priority of fostering safe and positive learning environments for our students to thrive.
LaCrosse concluded the letter with an offer to contact him directly.
Friday night, Brady sent an email to reporter Evan Kruegel. In it, she said, “I would like to say I care deeply about the children and staff.”
Parents said they were shocked by the news.
That is upsetting,” said Kim Saenz, a student’s grandparent. “They’re teaching? Drunk? No, that’s not good.”
Jenni Hanson says her 8th-grade son watched from his classroom as Brady was arrested.
“It happened right out here in the parking lot, which is kind of crazy, that kids could see that,” said Hanson. “They have open windows right here, so they actually saw the whole thing happen.”
The district declined to comment on Brady’s employment status with the district. As of Friday night, she’s still listed as a technology teacher on the school’s website.
“I guess I’m assuming, obviously, she won’t be back at the school,” said parent Leslie Shima. “I’m sure they’re going to take it very seriously.”