The Brazil Times has learned that both women arrested Sunday evening after an accident in rural Clay County were teachers.
White River Valley School District Superintendent Layton Wall confirmed to The Brazil Times that Melinda Ellis, who began her first year teaching science and mathematics at the corporation this past summer, has been suspended with pay pending disciplinary action by the school board on Jan 23.
Wall declined further comment.
Ellis was arrested with Anita Miller, both from Brazil, by the Clay County Sheriff's Department after failing field sobriety tests and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on the following charges:
With a BAC of 0.12, Ellis, the driver of the vehicle, was preliminarily charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of marijuana under 30 grams and possession of paraphernalia.
With a BAC of 0.17, Miller, the passenger and a physical education teacher at North Clay Middle School, was preliminarily charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
Officials at the Clay Community School Corporation confirmed that Miller is also on paid leave at this time while the corporation considers whether to investigate the allegations.
The Brazil Times will update this story as new information becomes available.