According to formal charging information provided by Clay Superior Court, White River Valley science teacher Melinda Ellis was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content over 0.08 (all class A misdemeanors, that, if convicted, are each punishable with up to one year imprisonment and a $5,000 fine) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person (a class C misdemeanor, that, if convicted, is punishable with up to 60 days imprisonment and a $500 fine).
North Clay Middle School physical education teacher Anita Miller was charged with public intoxication (a class B misdemeanor, that, if convicted, is punishable with up to 180 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine) and public nudity (a class B misdemeanor, that, if convicted, is punishable with up to 60 days imprisonment and a $1,000 fine).
Uninjured in the accident that caused her 2003 Jeep Liberty to almost stand upright in a ditch, Ellis smelled of alcohol and was allegedly intoxicated when officers approached her for questioning.
Ellis told officers she had contacted help, and Miller, 43, Reelsville, Ind., was on the way.
During the conversation with officers, Ellis was found to be in possession of a wooden box used to ingest the amount of marijuana on her person.
Miller displayed outrageous behavior when she arrived on the scene, including dropping her pants to her ankles at least twice in an attempt to urinate in front of the officers.
Both women failed field sobriety tests, with Ellis having a BAC of 0.12 and Miller a BAC of 0.17.
They were booked into the Clay County Justice Center, where surveillance footage caught Miller's continued rowdy behavior during the booking process.
Both Miller and Ellis bonded out Monday and are expected to appear in court Feb. 11.
Both teachers have also been released from their teaching positions according to officials at their respective school corporations.
Staff reporter Jason Jacobs contributed to this report.