4th Grade Teacher Arrested for DUI in Lakeland

Lakeland, Fla. (970 WFLA) - A fourth grade teacher at a Mulberry elementary school spent part of the New Year behind bars after Polk County deputies arrested her for driving under the influence.

Shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve, deputies spotted 45-year-old Tasha Fisher driving the wrong way on Florida Avenue South  near Christina Boulevard in Lakeland.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Fisher, who teaches at Kingsford Elementary in Mulberry, was pulled over and was showing obvious signs of being under the influence.

During an interview, Fisher reportedly admitted taking three generic Ambien pills before getting behind the wheel.  She also told deputies she normally takes only one, but took more because she was having trouble sleeping.

Fisher was arrested and is charged with DUI.

No word on what disciplinary action Fisher could face from the Polk County School Board.

In a statement, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says "This shows the danger of taking above the recommended dosage of prescription medication.  We are fortunate that a deputy saw the abnormal driving and made a traffic stop."

Judd went on to say "Never take the risk of driving under the influence of anything."

Booking Photo of Tasha Fisher - Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office

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