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By Felix Adamo / The Californian
BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Local teacher and repeat drunken driver Brandi Lynn Sherman was ordered held on $55,000 bail after being arraigned on two felony charges and a misdemeanor Monday afternoon.
Sherman said she could not afford an attorney and Judge Colette M. Humphrey appointed the Public Defender's office to represent her during a brief hearing in Department 1 of Kern County Superior Court. The 38-year-old is 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.
Sherman faced forward during the two-minute-long arraignment as Humphrey warned her she could be charged with murder if she drives under the influence and someone is killed as a result. She signed paperwork saying she understood the admonition.
She has declined interview requests from The Californian.
The Sillect Community School teacher gave notice earlier this month and her resignation takes effect Sept. 30. Sillect is a year-round public school program run by Kern County Superintendent of Schools where she taught ninth through 12th grades.
KCSOS spokesman Rob Meszaros has said Sherman will remain on paid administrative leave until Sept. 30. She was hired by KCSOS in August 2006.
Sherman's most recent troubles began the evening of July 28 when a California Highway Patrol officer spotted her vehicle stopped at a light on North Chester Avenue in Oildale. She didn't move as the traffic signal went through two cycles, and the officer pulled her over when she finally turned left onto Roberts Lane.
She was arrested on suspicion of DUI, the fourth such arrest since 2011. Sherman pleaded guilty to DUI in February 2011, and no contest to DUIs in March 2011 and September 2012.