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Johnston County teacher arrested for driving while impaired

Posted September 1, 2015
Updated September 2, 2015

A West Johnston High School teacher was arrested Sunday for driving under the influence.

— A West Johnston High School teacher was arrested Sunday in Smithfield for driving under the influence.

Kelly Bedford Tudor, 31, of Angier, is a math teacher at West Johnston where she has been employed since August of 2007.

Smithfield police said an officer watched a Ford Explorer make a wide turn from Market Street to Second Street about 8:35 p.m. The vehicle traveled toward the officer's patrol car, which was parked on the side of the street, before the driver corrected.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and determined the driver was impaired. Tudor registered a blood alcohol level of .24, which is three times the legal limit.

Tudor was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving. She was released from Johnston County Jail on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 6.

A Johnston County Schools spokesperson said Tudor is still currently employed by the district but, due to confidentiality laws, they cannot provide information on any disciplinary action that will be taken against her as a result of the arrest.


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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Sep 2, 2015
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    Here's a person parents trust their children to, a teacher who is a model for our children. Teachers are more important than legislators or doctors, and we try to get the best people to be teachers of our children. That's everyone's business. While we don't pay teachers accordingly, we can not let our expectations of them to be lowered. So when serious crimes are committed, as this one is, then something must happen. She is likely to be ordered to rehab if her lawyer doesn't get her help before trial. If she did blow 3x the limit (0.24) then she needs help.

    The tax on alcohol should be paying for the ills of alcohol, such as treatment for those who drink and drive.

  • Belle Boyd Sep 2, 2015
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    The JoCo teen death rate (accidents) is more from speeding and texting rather than drinking and driving. I should know because I went to school with some of them . The one recently with 5 teens in the car was from speed (80 mph).

  • Cheree Teasley Sep 2, 2015
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    I don't feel as if her DWI in her private life has anything to do with her qualifications as a teacher. Why should getting a DWI away from work, not involving students, have any affect on her daily job? I could understand if she was drunk around children, but she wasn't.

    Her punishment is built into the judicial process. Honestly, I think it's shameful to locally shame her more than any other DWI BECAUSE she happens to be a teacher.

  • Brian White Sep 2, 2015
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    See, wral left out that important detail about her almost hitting a police officer and blowing a .24. I think a lot of people probably gave her the benefit of the doubt thinking she might have only been .09 or .10, which are only illegal because of the lobbying MADD has done.

  • Gabrielle Williams Sep 2, 2015
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    1 teacher + drinking and driving = no job

  • Mark Grady Sep 2, 2015
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    I find it amazing that many are claiming this is not a news story. Of course it is! The parents of children within the Johnston County School system have a right to know someone teaching their children was arrested with three times over the legal limit of alcohol in her system. It is especially noteworthy in a county with an extremely high teenage death rate on the highways. Over 40,000 people will die on our highways in the U.S. this year. She should be thankful she was arrested BEFORE she killed herself and others. Thank God another drunk driver is off the highway putting you, me and our families at risk.

  • Barbara Hatcher Sep 2, 2015
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    I have only ever heard positive things about her as a teacher - from students and parents! I would hate to see her lose her job if she is a good teacher. I DO, however, feel she needs to face the consequences of her actions in full. In MY opinion, along with whatever the court mandates, she should be required to enter a substance abuse program and volunteer with victims of drunk drivers so she can truly see what her actions and decision could have done.

  • Derril Salter Sep 2, 2015
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    Suffice to say, the young teacher made a costly mistake.

  • Ann Hackett Sep 2, 2015
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    I agree with Mary Smith drunk drivers are killing to many people and if shaming some of them works so be it,,,,,,,,oh wait she is a school teacher,,,,,, got drunk and maybe she killed people then what.....

  • Nan Toppin Sep 2, 2015
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    I wonder how many WRAL employees have ever been charged with DWI and if anyone reported on that?