March 31, 2009
Jennifer Ortman Hits Sour Note - Music Teacher Convicted Of Coming To School Drunk, Playing Bumper Cars In Parking Lot
Canandaigua, New York (The Weekly Vice) -- Jennifer Ortman, 32, a former Music teacher at a Victor Primary School has been convicted on multiple charges after showing up to class drunk, wrecking multiple cars and then leaving the scene of an accident.
On Friday, an Ontario County Court jury hearing the case declared Ortman guilty on charges of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident without reporting and two counts of criminal mischief. The DUI was classified as a felony charge because Ortman had been convicted of drunk driving just three weeks prior to the incident.
Ortman will appear in court again on May 5 for sentencing.
Ortman was arrested in June of last year after a parent saw the boozing teacher hit two cars as she attempted to park her car at school. The witness testified that Ortman staggered into school with "extremely poor balance."
Ontario County Deputies were called to the scene and requested that the teacher be pulled from class for a field sobriety test. She reportedly failed several of the tests and then refused to submit to a breath test.
Further tests determined that Ortman was also under the influence of Xanax at the time.
Following the five day trial, jurors deliberated for two days before rendering a decision.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
Anyone wanna take a guess as to what the sentence will be? I say she gets no more than one week in jail...and more likely will be on short term house arrest.
We'd ask how many readers would opt to keep her entertained while on house arrest, but that might set off a stampede.
The Weekly Vice
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