PSD PD Of­fi­cer re­signs fol­low­ing DUI traf­fic stop

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Van Wert El­e­men­tary’s School Re­source Of­fi­cer re­signed at the be­gin­ning of last week fol­low­ing an ar­rest over the week­end, ac­cord­ing to school of­fi­cials.

Joy Smith, 38, of a Rock­mart ad­dress, was re­leased from the Polk County Jail on a $3,360 bond on charges of fail­ure to main­tain a lane, fail­ure to dim head­lights and for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence by Rock­mart Po­lice dur­ing the early morn­ing hours of March 17.

Smith was ar­rested by the Rock­mart Po­lice De­part­ment around 3:15 a.m. fol­low­ing a traf­fic stop, ac­cord­ing to jail records.

Ac­cord­ing to Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins, Smith re­signed on Mon­day morn­ing, March 18 af­ter she was re­leased from the Polk County Jail on bond and did not re­port for work.

Atkins had no fur­ther com­ment on the in­ci­dent since it did not im­me­di­ately in­volve the district, and is con­sid­ered an em­ployee-re­lated mat­ter.

“Van Wert El­e­men­tary stu­dents al­ready have an­other of­fi­cer in place to en­sure that they come to a safe and invit­ing school en­vi­ron­ment on a daily ba­sis,” Atkins said.

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