Elementary teacher suspended with pay after arrest on drug charges

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An elementary school teacher was suspended from her job Wednesday after being arrested Sunday morning on an OWI charge.

Prosecutors in court Wednesday accused Megan Brotherton, a 12-year veteran teacher at Pleasant Run Elementary School in the Warren Township school district, struck another car, flipping it onto its top in the intersection of 54th Street and Keystone Avenue around 9:15 a.m. Officers said she fled the scene, but was captured a few blocks away.

"I thought my vehicle was going to catch on fire!" said Rhonda Frais, the other driver. "All I could think of was trying to get out before something worse happened. I was terrified of my car bursting into flames."

Eyewitness News' Steve Jefferson reported Wednesday that Pleasant Run Elementary suspended Brotherton with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. Once her trial is complete, the Warren Township school district will decide if she can continue teaching first graders.

Police are investigating Brotherton for dealing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and public intoxication. A pre-trial hearing is set for July 8 at 1:00 p.m. in Criminal Court 10.

Warren Township schools do not perform random drug testing on certified employees, including teachers. There is no word yet if she will have to submit to a drug test if she is allowed to return to the classroom.