Gonzales police arrest teacher in DWI, hit and run Monday

DWI arrest Jamie Ingrassia
DWI arrest Jamie Ingrassia

An Ascension Christian High School teacher sent home by school officials Monday morning was arrested a short time later in a hit-and-run and accused of DWI after she tested over three times the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers, Gonzales police said.

Jamie Ingrassia, 36, 37435 Cypress Alley Ave., Gonzales, was booked into Ascension Parish Jail near Donaldsonville on counts of felony hit-and-run, careless operation of a vehicle and second-offense DWI, according to Sgt. Steven Nethken of the Gonzales Police Department.

Nethken said Ingrassia told officers she had gone to work at the school Monday morning, but school officials told her to go home sometime before 9 a.m.

After she left the school, Ingrassia was involved in an accident about 6.5 miles from the school at a traffic light at the intersection of La. 30 and La. 44 and left the scene before police arrived, Nethken said.

However, the hit-and-run victim followed Ingrassia about a half-mile away to Municipal Park, Nethken said. The two were not at the park for more than a few minutes before Ingrassia realized someone was following her and tried to leave, Nethken said.

At that point, he said, Gonzales police arrived at the park, having been led there by the victim who stayed on the phone with police.

At the Police Department, Ingrassia was given a Breathalyzer test and her blood-alcohol content was 0.285 percent, Nethken said. A reading of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving in Louisiana.

“She was extremely intoxicated and that was clearly evident to the officers,” Nethken said.

Nethken said officers booked Ingrassia on a second-offense DWI after police learned she had been arrested in June in St. James Parish on a DWI count. Nethken did not know the details of that arrest Monday night.

Ingrassia was released from jail after posting $1,690 bail, a jail official said Monday night.

No one at the school could be reached for comment Monday.

Advocate staff writer Ryan Broussard contributed to this report.