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Friday, Sep 20 2013 02:02 PM

Local teacher scheduled to be arraigned Monday on felony DUI-related charges

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Local teacher Brandi Lynn Sherman's vehicle was stopped on North Chester Avenue in the left-turn lane to Roberts Lane when California Highway Patrol officers first spotted her the evening of July 28.

They continued watching as the intersection's traffic signal went through two cycles without Sherman moving an inch, court documents say. When she finally made the turn, the officers pulled her over and noticed signs that she was under the influence.

They arrested her, marking the fourth time since 2011 that Sherman was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to court records. The three prior arrests resulted in convictions.

Sherman, 38, was arrested again this week on a warrant charging her with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with her multiple DUIs. She's charged with DUI with three or more convictions within 10 years, DUI with an enhancement, and driving with a license that was suspended or revoked because of a drunken driving conviction.

The Sillect Community School teacher is being held on $117,500 bail. Her arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

Sherman declined an interview request from jail on Friday.

She pleaded guilty to DUI in February 2011, and no contest to DUIs in March 2011 and September 2012. Sherman was hired by Kern County Superintendent of Schools -- which operates Sillect -- in August 2006. She gave notice earlier this month that she would resign effective Sept. 30.

Sherman taught ninth through 12th grades at Sillect, a year-round public school program. KCSOS spokesman Rob Meszaros said Friday that she remains on paid administrative leave.

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