Former teacher charged after alleged DWI, crash

Posted 10/1/19

A former Warrenton High School teacher is facing a felony charge related to an alleged DWI crash in February 2018.Tyler S. Keown, 25, Foristell, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that …

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Former teacher charged after alleged DWI, crash

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A former Warrenton High School teacher is facing a felony charge related to an alleged DWI crash in February 2018.Tyler S. Keown, 25, Foristell, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused property damage exceeding $1,000. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Keown crashed through a metal gate at the Interstate 70 weigh station in Foristell while intoxicated on Feb. 1, 2018.Keown had a court date scheduled for Jan. 9 in St. Charles Circuit Court, but court records indicate she was not present. A new court date has been set for Feb. 13.Jeff Stahlhut, director of communications and public relations for Warren County R-III School District, said Keown worked as a Spanish teacher at the high school starting in August 2016. She resigned Dec. 31, 2018, and has been replaced with a new Spanish teacher, Stahlhut said.A highway patrol report states surveillance video from the weigh station on eastbound I-70 showed a white Mazda passenger vehicle striking the gate and a stop sign before continuing toward Wentzville on Feb. 1, 2018. Additional surveillance video from a gas station in Wentzville showed the vehicle pulling into the parking lot a short time later, the patrol said.A Wentzville police officer contacted the driver of the vehicle and identified her as Keown, the patrol said. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol from Keown, who allegedly admitted to drinking prior to the accident.Keown reportedly was unsure of what her vehicle had collided with or where the accident had occurred, or even of her current location while speaking with the officer. She was arrested for driving while intoxicated, the highway patrol said.A trooper located the vehicle Keown had been driving in the possession of a tow company two days after the incident. Damage and paint transfer on the front of the vehicle was consistent with striking the weigh station gate and stop sign, the patrol said. Pieces of vehicle debris collected from the accident scene also matched the car.The St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office filed a formal felony charge against Keown on Sept. 5, 2018, for leaving the scene of an accident. The charge is a Class E felony because the cost to replace the gate and sign was more than $1,000.

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