(Fort Pierce, Florida) A 52-year-old teacher at H.L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, Celestine Jones Baker, has been accused of possessing cocaine after a small bag containing a white residue fell out of her pocket during a traffic stop.
Baker faces charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment.
Responding to a report of a person driving a gray Dodge Ram pickup erratically, Fort Pierce police officer Ronald Kern saw Baker pull into a gas station. She told him she had locked herself out of the truck. When she dug into her pockets, apparently looking for her keys, a small bag containing white residue fell onto the ground, according to the arrest report.Baker was booked and released on $15,750 bond.
She said she might have left the keys on the front passenger seat. Kern looked into the car, seeing another small bag with white residue in it on top of her keys.
Kern also saw white residue in and around her nostrils, the report said.
This led the officer to believe she had been snorting cocaine, which caused her erratic driving, the report said.