Wendell Sweeton, a special education teacher at East Lake Academy, has been stopped several times for driving under the influence and now has been arrested on a felony charge, Hamilton County Schools officials said.
Sweeton has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of a Hamilton County Schools investigation. He will appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court on March 3, records show.
Sweeton’s most recent arrest, his third on a DUI charge, was in 2010, said Danielle Clark, spokeswoman for the school system.
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Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...