Florida Principal involved in single car crash accident pleads not guilty to DUI and returns to PB Public School

Principal’s First Arrest

Palm Beach, Florida – An elderly woman from Florida, who was involved in a single-car wreck in Palm Beach last month on Aug. 24, has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and careless driving, both considered to be misdemeanor charges.

According to police reports, Sharon Robinson Stevens crashed her car into a curb, disabling it in the 300 block of Coconut Row, and failed sobriety tests given by an officer who said Stevens was confused and “smelled of some type of alcohol.”

The sixty six year old principal of Palm Beach Public School returned to work Tuesday after taking a leave of absence following her arrest last month for driving under the influence, a school district spokesman has confirmed.

Stevens registered a 0.19 on two breath tests, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida, according to the probable cause affidavit.

“The [school district’s] investigation is ongoing pending the disposition of the [court] case,” said Nat Harrington, spokesman for the Palm Beach County School District in a statement. “We need to wait until the case is resolved before considering any administrative action.”

According to court documents and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the records show this was Stevens’ first arrest.

She is in her 10th year as principal of the school.

Author: Amir Ladan
A former assistant state attorney for Orange/Osceola Counties, Amir has handled thousands of cases and dozens of trials, ranging from DUI and traffic offenses to murder, in both adult and juvenile court.

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