Elementary school teacher accused of spitting on officers during DUI arrest

A suspected DUI driver and elementary school teacher is accused of spitting on officers while being arrested in Sacramento, California, on Monday, according to police.

KOVR reported that police said they found John Chandler in the driver's seat of a vehicle with the engine running, appearing to be impaired.

As officers attempted to take Chandler, 54, into custody, they say he resisted and tried to spit at them, KXTL reported.

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Chandler was eventually detained and booked into Sacramento County Main Jail for suspicion of driving under the influence, KOVR reported. In his mugshot, Chandler's eyes bugged out and his mouth was open, sticking his tongue out at the camera. He appears to have blood on his face, jacket and shirt.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Chandler is a physical education teacher at an elementary school in Sacramento. His employment at Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School was confirmed by Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Alex Barrios.

It is not clear if Chandler’s employment has been terminated at the school.

"Personnel matters are confidential. We are not at liberty to discuss them publicly," Barrios told KXTL and other local news media in a statement. "However, the district is treating this situation with the seriousness it deserves. We are listening and sympathetic to the concerns of parents and are working to address those concerns."

According to The Sacramento Bee, jail logs show Chandler was no longer in custody as of Thursday.

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