BUSHLAND, Texas – An “intoxicated” former teacher “intentionally” crashed his car into his former school.
Police say former Bushland Middle School teacher Brentley Edward Shields crashed a gray 2013 Ford Mustang through the wall of the school’s gymnasium, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.
The car broke through the brick, causing more than $20,000 in damage.
The police say Shields was intoxicated and had intentionally rammed the building. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and was later arrested.
“I don’t know what his motive was. Apparently he was having some kind of problems, I’m guessing. With the intentional running into the building, one can assume what was going on but as far as the fact and hearing it from him I don’t know,” Lt. Patrick Zamora tells News Channel 10.
The incident occurred around 7 a.m., a short time before students were due to arrive.
“There are no injuries to any student or staff members, or even the driver himself,” says Potter County Deputy Tim Nguyen, Bushland Independent School District resource officer.
According to the paper, a coach was in the gym, heard the crash and went to investigate.
Bushland superintendent Don Wood says the crash was caught on school security cameras.
“We were able to proceed with daily functions as normal — as normal can be,” Wood said.
The former teacher was booked in the county jail “on charges of driving while intoxicated, second offense; a third-degree felony charge of criminal mischief, over $20,000 but less than $200,000; and criminal trespass,” the paper reports.
Shields was arrested in Childress County in February on charges of failure to identify, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest, Childress County Sheriff Mike Pigg says.
The teacher resigned from the district a short time later.
He’d had another run-in with the school district prior to the crash.
Shields had received a warning for criminal trespass on school property last February, according to the paper.