UPDATE: Teacher arrested on DUI admitted to taking narcotic for pain, arrest report says

UPDATE APRIL 5: According to an arrest report, April Shepard told Las Vegas police that she was taking Tramadol, a controlled substance used to help relieve pain.

Shepard admitted she took a 200mg tablet the night before the incident, according to the report. However, she was unsure if she took another dose in the morning. 

Las Vegas police say they noticed several indicators that Shepard was uncoordinated, such as droopy and red eyes and repressed reflexes. A witness also told police that Shepard almost fell out of her car when she attempted to exit her vehicle are the incident and Shepard had difficulty locating her license and registration. They also say that a portion of her Field Sobriety Test had to be stopped after she lost her balance and nearly fell.

UPDATE APRIL 4: April Shepard has posted bail and is no longer at Clark County Detention Center.

UPDATE 11:40 P.M. APRIL 3: Police say they've ruled out alcohol. Right now, they are awaiting test results to determine what substance the teacher had allegedly taken before driving her car.

13 Action News has requested a jailhouse interview with Shepard.

Meanwhile, parents say they are shaken up regarding this latest incident.

Just weeks ago, police were called to the school after a woman allegedly climbed the fence with a pickax. The 33-year-old woman was arrested after making threats against the children.

"I think ... the world is getting like more dangerous with more things to worry about," said one student.

ORIGINAL:  A teacher was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence outside the North Las Vegas elementary school where she works.

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Clark County School District police arrested 46-year-old April Shepard, who is a fourth-grade teacher at Tom Williams Elementary School. 

The investigation, which was conducted by the CCSD Police Department, determined that Shepard was driving a vehicle that struck two other parked vehicles along the street outside the school. No injuries were reported. 

Shepard has been employed by CCSD since October 1996, and her employment status will be considered as assigned to home once she is released from custody.

Following her arrest, Shepard was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

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