Police: DUI suspect is a first grade teacher
The woman accused of driving drunk, and running down a teenager over the weekend, is a Las Vegas teacher. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The woman accused of driving drunk and running down a teenager over the weekend is a Las Vegas teacher.
The Clark County School District confirms Noel Lardeo, 26, teaches first grade at Roger Bryan Elementary. She was hired by the district in January of 2011.
Lardeo was arrested for driving under the influence after swerving into a 15-year-old boy waiting for a bus. It happened around 5 a.m. Sunday on Spring Mountain Road, near El Camino.
According to Lardeo's arrest report, a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer observed two open, partially-consumed containers of vodka in her car. The report also describes how witnesses told police that Lardeo had run a red light and was speeding.
Lardeo, and her passenger -- 36-year-old Artemio Rios -- were not injured in the crash.
The teenager, who was hit had to get a leg amputated, is in critical condition at University Medical Center.
"It's just shocking that a teacher would do something like this," says Alexsandra Meidinger, whose son goes to Roger Bryan Elementary School. "Drinking and driving, you just don't do it. That's just logical sense. It could have been my child in her path. You never know."
The Clark County School District has placed Lardeo on unpaid administrative leave. District leaders say they are working closely with police. A felony conviction is grounds for termination.
Lardeo's charges include one count of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in substantial bodily harm; one count of failure to stop at an intersection; one count of no registration in vehicle; two counts of no driver's license in possession; and one count of open container in vehicle while driving. She is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center on the DUI charge.