Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A Novi, Mich., elementary school principal who has been charged under the city’s “Super Drunk” ordinance was captured on video slipping out of handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser in a video obtained by ABC News’ Detroit affiliate WXYZ.
Kim Warren, 44, was arrested on April 8. Two citizens called to report that a driver was swerving and had pulled into the Deerfield Elementary School parking lot, WXYZ reported.
As Warren rode in the back of a police cruiser to the station, she is seen in the video slipping off the handcuffs and handing them to the police officer.
“You can hang on to them. … Just don’t throw them out the window or anything,” the officer can be heard telling her.
Warren was arraigned on Monday in 52nd District Court in Novi under the city’s high-blood alcohol content drunken driving ordinance, which covers drivers arrested with a blood alcohol content higher than .17 percent — more than twice the legal limit.
Warren entered a plea of not guilty.
After Warren’s arrest, she was placed on paid administrative leave, according to a letter sent by the Novi Community School District to parents.
“This is an unfortunate set of circumstances and out of character for Ms. Warren.,” the letter said. “Up until this event, Ms. Warren has served the Deerfield Community and our district well.”
Novi Police Chief David Malloy said that on occasion, people could maneuver their way out of handcuffs. It is ”critical the officer properly checks the handcuffs to ensure something like this doesn’t happen,” Malloy said in a statement.
Warren’s attorney did not immediately return a request from ABCNews.com for comment.
If convicted under the “Super Drunk” ordinance, first time offenders face up to 180 days in jail.