Austintown teacher sentenced for DUI charge

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown teacher was sentenced to three days in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Amanda Laird was arrested on March 27 after police reported that she was driving drunk and that she left her kids, ages 2 and 4, at home. Their 11-year-old brother came home while police were on the scene, saying he was at the neighbor’s house. 

As part of a plea deal, the other charges — including child endangering — were dismissed. 

Laird will also have to complete a driver intervention program and will be on probation for a year. Her driving privileges are suspended during that time, with some exceptions for work and medical appointments, according to court records. 

Laird is an intervention specialist at Austintown Middle School. She was placed on paid leave during the criminal case.  

A spokesperson from the school said Laird’s employment status will be discussed at an upcoming board meeting. 

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