Mt. Juliet educators charged with DUI in Murfreesboro

Mt. Juliet educators charged with DUI in Murfreesboro (Image 1)
Mt. Juliet educators charged with DUI in Murfreesboro (Image 1)

Two employees at Mt. Juliet High School in Wilson County were arrested over the weekend in Murfreesboro for driving under the influence.

James Kemp and Michael Berardi were pulled over at the intersection of Front and College streets around 1:30 a.m. Sunday for driving without their headlights on.

Kemp, 22, was driving Berardi's car, according to Murfreesboro police reports.

Officers reported that Kemp smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes.  He additionally had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet, according to a report.

Kemp was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and charged with DUI.

Berardi, a passenger in the back seat, was also arrested for DUI because he let Kemp drive his car, police said.

Berardi, 24, is a math teacher and assistant basketball coach at Mt. Juliet High School, according to the school's Web site.

Kemp works at the school as an educational assistant.

School officials were just learning of the arrests when contacted by News 2 Monday afternoon.  No official comment was given.

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