A 43-year-old former teacher was placed under arrest after allegedly driving drunk with her 10-year-old son in the vehicle.
Saryna Parker of Homestead, Florida, was arrested March 19 and charged the next day with driving under the influence in addition to child abuse and battery on a law enforcement officer stemming from the incident. She was booked and released on bond and is awaiting trial, The Miami Herald reported.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media after it was released by the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Parker Tries to Kiss an Officer During Her Arrest
The newly-released police dashcam video shows what transpired during Parker’s arrest.
The start of the video shows Parker screaming as she runs away from officers. One officer catches her by her wrist and detains her with handcuffs. That sequence sets off Parker even further, as she questions why she is being arrested in the first place before being asked to do field sobriety tests.
Parker is shown stumbling over her own feet and slurring her speech when speaking with officers. When they try to get her to perform the field sobriety tests, she attempts to kiss one of them, telling him that she loved him.
The handcuffs are removed from Parker’s wrists as one of the officers gives her instructions for the test. Parker touches him on the back and says, “I want to kiss you.” The officer advises her against it, and Parker touches him on the stomach, threatening once again to kiss him.
While Parker performs one of the tests, she stops and appears to reach out to hug the trooper, trying to kiss him. She said “because I love you,” when asked why she was doing so.
After failing the physical tests and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, she is placed into handcuffs once more and put into the back of the patrol car and brought into custody.
2. Parker Allegedly Rear-Ended a Car Before Police Arrived
The reason officers were speaking to Parker in the first place was because of a car accident that she was involved in. A criminal complaint said that the driver of a Chrysler van informed officers that his car was halted in traffic at around 8 p.m. on U.S. Highway 1 and Southwest 182nd Avenue near Parker’s home.
That’s when a Parker’s Cadillac rolled through traffic and rear-ended his car. She had her 10-year-old son in the car with her at the time and was also on parole. Her arrest report says that When officers tried to speak with Parker about the accident, she had slurred speech and they could smell a “strong odor” of alcohol coming from her breath.
Parker allegedly denied that it was her car that was involved in the accident and walked away from police to go to the bathroom.
3. Parker Was a Middle School Science Teacher, But Was Fired After the Incident
At the time of her arrest, Parker was a teacher at South Dade Middle School. She taught 8th grade science at the school, but is no longer doing so.
Officials from the Miami-Dade School District said that Parker was already a probationary teacher at the school prior to the DUI incident, and has now been fired. The officials added that Parker and “will never be allowed to apply to their schools,” WTVJ-TV reported.
South Dade is located about 40 miles northeast of Miami and includes grades four through eight.
4. She Allegedly Kicked an Officer In His Groin While Being Arrested
The incident with law enforcement didn’t end there. After refusing to take a test for intoxication, Parker allegedly made a scene on the way to the squad car.
The officer wrote in the complaint that he was the recipient of a kick to the groin by Parker. She also kicked his car, The Herald wrote.
As Ms. Parker sat in the back of my patrol car she violently kicked me in the groin with her right leg then continued to kick my right rear passenger side door. During this whole incident, Ms. Parker was uncooperative and very belligerent.
5. Parker Was Once Named As Being a Mistress In a Tennessee Divorce Filing
Online records indicate that Parker previously lived in Hendersonville, Tennessee before moving to the Miami area.
The above court document includes Parker in a divorce filing between Arthur W. Kerr and Christina A. Kerr in Chancery Court for Robertson County. The 2001 filing says that the male in the appeal “established a sexual relationship with a woman named Saryna Parker” in 2000.
It continues that the male moved out of his father’s house and “rented a house for himself and Ms. Parker” for about three or four months. A recent bankruptcy filing by Parker meant she was unable to obtain a checking account, so Arthur gave her access to his bank account.
The document also says that Parker “wrote checks against Mr. Kerr’s account by signing his name,” noting that Parker had “very little income of her own.”