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Pasco elementary teacher faces DUI charges

A Pasco County elementary school teacher was arrested by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper early Saturday on DUI charges.

Kristen Amanda Groc, 28, of 1354 Shady Pine Way, Tarpon Springs, faces one count of driving under the influence and two counts of DUI with property damage.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday, Groc, a teacher at Marlowe Elementary, was driving on Grand Boulevard near Chaparral Lane in Holiday when she struck a Pasco County public transportation bus sign and a business sign for Shanty’s Bar and Grill, according to the highway patrol.

A trooper spoke to Groc as she sat in the back of a sheriff’s cruiser. The trooper described Groc as having slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes, and smelling of alcohol, an arrest report said.

Groc was made to perform several field sobriety tests and did “poorly” on each exercise, the trooper said. She was also asked to supply a breath sample for a blood-alcohol content reading but refused twice.

Due to the charges being misdemeanors, Groc was not suspended from teaching, according to Pasco school district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. Groc was allowed to return to work Monday.

Cobbe said the incident was reported to the Florida Department of Education, which would make any decision on discipline.

Groc was released Saturday afternoon from the Land O’ Lakes Jail after posting a $1,000 bail.

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