Patrol car video catches ‘super drunk’ principal escaping handcuffs
A Michigan elementary school principal charged under Novi’s “Super Drunk” city ordinance was caught on camera slipping off her handcuffs in the back of a patrol car after being arrested in the school parking lot with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .21.
Deerfield Elementary Principal Kim Warren, 44, was arraigned on Monday on a charge of possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and released on a $5,000 bond. She agreed to stay away from alcohol and submit to weekly testing.
Police in Novi said that Warren had been taken into custody on April 8 after multiple reports about her driving. Officers located her in the school parking lot with an open bottle of vodka in her car.
Two initial breathalyzer tests found a blood alcohol content of .21 and .20. She was eventually charged with a blood alcohol content of .17 under the city’s “Super Drunk” or “High BAC” ordinance.
WXYZ on Monday obtained a video recording of Warren in the back of the patrol car after her arrest.
Seemingly intoxicated and clearly upset, the principal can be seen slipping out the handcuffs and then politely trying to hand them to the officer as he’s driving.
“Ah, you can hang on to them,” the officer says. “I’ll get them back from you when I open the door. It’s alright. Just don’t throw them out the window or anything.”
Warren is on paid administrative leave pending the resolution of her case.
Watch the video below from WXYZ, broadcast April 29, 2013.