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New Charge Against School Crossing Guard Accused of Drunk Driving

New Charge Against School Crossing Guard Accused of Drunk Driving

Blue Point (WALK) - The school crossing guard who was arrested on DWI charges just minutes after getting off duty this week is now facing charges in another incident.

Authorities now say that Joanne Griffiths (pictured at left) was involved in a hit-and-run on Blue Point Avenue in Blue Point, the day before she was arrested for drunk driving. Griffiths, who lives in Blue Point, allegedly struck a parked car around 9 AM and drove away. She pleaded not guilty on Thursday and is now being held on $10,000 bail.

Griffiths, 58, was first arrested on Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a Waldbaum's supermarket on Sunrise Highway in Patchogue. Police say she failed a field sobriety test, and a breath analyzer later found she had a blood alcohol level of 0.10%. That is above the legal limt of 0.08%.

The suspect was arrested just 20 minutes after she completed a two-hour shift as a crossing guard, according to police. Griffiths was assigned to Blue Point Elementary School, and worked the intersection of Montauk Highway and Bell Avenue.

Griffiths' next court date is scheduled for October 31st.

Photo: Suffolk Police

 

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