Rose Schwartz (pictured in mugshot) was arrested on DUI charges last week after driving erratically in Massachusetts
An elementary school principal in Massachusetts faces DUI charges after allegedly hitting a guardrail with her car and leading officers on a 110mph chase on the interstate while intoxicated.
Rose Schwartz, 44, of Lakeville, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, speeding, failure to stop for police and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Schwartz was the principal of Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School in Taunton, but was fired after school officials learned of the allegations.
The incident began when the Raynham Police Department received a call on May 19 about an erratic driver on Interstate 495 near Route 138, WCVB reports.
The caller said a person driving a grey Honda SUV was swerving across the road and driving erratically.
Police reportedly found Schwartz driving down Route 138 with the vehicle’s front bumper damaged and dragging on the pavement.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Schwartz allegedly fled the scene and reached speeds of 110mph while racing down the roadway.
When officers finally stopped the Honda SUV at Britton Street, they said Schwartz appeared to be stumbling and unstable on her feet. She was arrested.
Authorities received a report about a driver, later identified as Schwartz (pictured), was swerving in the road and driving erratically last week
Part of the vehicle’s bumper was later found nearly three miles away where the Honda SUV appeared to have struck a guardrail.
Taunton School District Superintendent John J. Cabral confirmed that Schwartz has been removed from her position in a statement.
‘In keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel matters, I can only confirm at this time that Mrs. Schwartz has been removed from the position of Principal of Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School,’ he wrote.
‘As always, Taunton Public Schools will continue to proceed in the best interest of the students of the Chamberlain Elementary School and all decisions and plans that are made now and in the future will be made with this priority in mind.’
Parents received a note from Chamberlain Elementary School regarding the incident, but weren’t provided details beyond Schwartz dismissal.
‘It is with regret that I am writing to inform you that effective immediately, Mrs. Schwartz will no longer be serving as Principal of the Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School,’ the note read. ‘We wish all the best to Ms. Schwartz.’
After authorities pulled over the Honda SUV, they said Schwartz (left) was stumbling and unsteady on her feet before they arrested her
In a separate case, Schwartz was arraigned on Wednesday over an alleged abuse prevention order violation.
Taunton Police spokesperson Lt. Eric Nichols told Taunton Daily Gazette he could not disclose information about the case ‘due to the public record laws.’
Schwartz had worked for Taunton Public Schools for more than 20 years, during which time she served as a middle school English teacher, a curriculum supervisor and was principal at Galligan Elementary School.
People who knew Schwartz were shocked by the recent alleged incident and said it’s ‘out of character’ for Schwartz.
‘People who know her are very saddened. It’s not something I would have expected,’ said Jordan Fiore, Taunton School Committee member.
‘People who know her always thought of her as a sweet lady. It’s not like she’s displayed some kind of pattern that would have suggested this.’
Schwartz, who worked for Taunton Public School, was fired from her position at Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School (pictured)
Christine Fagan, a longtime School Committee member, described Schwartz as a ‘very warm, wonderful person.’
Fagan’s youngest son, James, was taught by Schwartz several years ago at Friedman Middle School and he ‘loved her,’ said Fagan.
Fagan added that coronavirus pandemic, which shuttered schools this year and placed citizens under lockdown orders, has been difficult for many people.
‘Anybody can lose their way. I know there are a lot of people who want to get online and say nasty things,’ said Fagan.
‘I think all of us should take a step back and keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Some people want to look for the worst in people, but maybe we should look for the best.’