Darlene Miller, principal of top-performing Museum School in Chelsea, Manhattan, charged with drunk driving after hitting stopped police cruiser and narrowly missing the police officer.
SHAME: Darlene Miller, principal of top-performing NYC Museum School in Chelsea, was charged with drunk driving after she hit a stopped police cruiser, the New York Post reports. She has a court date for January 9 in Rockland County for driving while intoxicated. I have zero tolerance for anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car and drives while drunk. They are asking for trouble.
Cops said Miller — who has a reputation for strictness — was driving north on Route 9W toward the Tappan Zee Bridge two Saturdays ago when she smashed her Hyundai into the back of the cruiser — which had just pulled over another driver.
Miller, 64, refused to submit to tests of her blood-alcohol level, but smelled of alcohol and had impaired speech and coordination, according to the officer’s deposition.
“Her vehicle was so heavily damaged, it came to rest on the barrier near the entrance of the freeway,” South Nyack Police Chief Robert Van Cura said. “She admitted she had something to drink before she drove the car — but not how much.” Source
Darlene Miller should be fired from her high-paying job because of this terrible lapse in judgment. At a minimum, she should be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.