CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Soddy-Daisy Police Chief Phil Hamrick tells Eyewitness News that a Catoosa County elementary teacher was arrested on drug charges on June 7.


Gayle Bishop, 61, of Chattanooga has taught at West Side Elementary School in Rossville, GA for the past nine years.  Prior to that, she taught in Hamilton County and Chattanooga schools for thirty years.

Soddy-Daisy Police Officer Jed Krider says that while on routine patrol at 10:20 p.m., he "observed a gold-colored vehicle traveling north on Highway 27 at a slow rate of speed."  He said the vehicle was "going 45 in a 65 and swerving in the lane." 

He stopped the vehicle, and "I could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle."  He began writing the report, and upon returning to Ms. Bishop's car, "She had sprayed perfume in the car to hide the smell."  He says she refused his request to search the vehicle, so he called an officer to bring a K-9 drug dog.  The dog "hit" on the drivers side door.

Officer Krider says he then found "what appears to be 10.40 grams of suspected marijuana in the center console and a smoking pipe."  Ms. Bishop was then placed into custody on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Catoosa County Superintendent Denia Reese, in a prepared statement said, "Catoosa County Public Schools is conducting an investigation regarding the arrest of a West Side Elementary school teacher.  Appropriate action will be taken based on the results of the investigation."