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UPDATE: "Missing" CSAS teacher charged with DUI

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UPDATE: A local teacher who went missing and was at the center of a volunteer search effort was arrested early Sunday morning for driving under the influence.

Chattanooga police found John Eaton behind the wheel of a car on Dayton Boulevard about 2:41am Sunday.

In the arrest affidavit, police say Eaton was passed in the driver's seat of a Honda, which was still in drive.

Police opened the door, put the car in park and turned off the ignition before awakening Eaton, which the report says "took significant effort."

Eaton took three roadside field sobriety tests, and was not able to complete them satisfactorily, according to the report.

A blood alcohol test at the Hamilton County Jail showed Eaton had a BAC of 0.168. 

In Tennessee, a blood alcohol level over 0.08 is considered legally drunk.

On the passenger seat of the car, police also found a plastic container with a gram of marijuana inside and a "pipe commonly used in the consumption of narcotics."

Eaton was charged with driving under the influence.


PREVIOUS STORY: The search for missing CSAS teacher John Eaton has come to an end after investigators believe he is not in danger.

Family and friends may still continue their search.

Melissa Eaton told Channel 3 "We want him to be found safely and receive any medical help if needed."

Detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office pursued leads since the initial missing person report for Eaton was filed by a family member earlier this week.  

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded that John Eaton is not a victim of a crime nor is he believed to be in danger.  

Eaton was spotted after detectives viewed security video from area businesses showing him conducting routine activities during the time frame he was reported missing.

Investigators conclude since Eaton is not endangered and there was no evidence of criminal activity, the case has been closed.


PREVIOUS STORY: The search continues for a missing a second-grade teacher at Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences.

 44-year-old John Eaton left his home just before 6 p.m. Sunday night. His family said he goes in every week at the same time to plan his lessons for the school week.

"We just want our friend to come home. We would just like to know what's going on with him and I think everyone out there knows that not knowing is worse than any alternative," said Rob Parks.
It's a plea to find a missing friend Parks considers family.

"His wife woke up the next morning, realized he had not made it home and then work called and said that he did not come to work,” he explained.
Tuesday morning, 50 plus volunteers gathered at CSAS and split up into 13 different teams searching the 16-mile stretch between his home in Soddy Daisy and the school.

"Be on the lookout for his van, we've all heard stories of people who have adverse medication reactions and are found two or three hours away driving lost, don't know know who they are or don't know what's going on,” he said.
John’s wife, Melissa Eaton said this is "highly irregular" for him -- and that he's passionate about two things, his family, and his students.

“John is our life, our heart, he has four kids who love him tremendously and a wife and a community that love him tremendously,” Eaton said.

John Eaton was last seen wearing a gray Star Wars shirt with blue jeans and converse shoes. He drives a 2007 silver KIA Sedona, with Tennessee plates 464 QXR. Family say it is covered with Star Wars and Disney stickers.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. 


UPDATE: A community is ramping up the search for a missing CSAS teacher who has not been seen since Sunday.

Family and friends will meet at the school at 9:30am Tuesday to look for 44-year-old John Eaton.

Volunteers will be given maps and assigned a specific location to search.

Those interested in attending are being asked to dress for rain. 


PREVIOUS STORY: The family of a second-grade teacher at Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences is asking for the public's help in finding him.  44-year-old John Eaton was last seen early Sunday evening, and did not report for work at the school today.

Eaton's wife tells WRCB that "it is highly irregular" for Eaton to miss work.  "He's either at home, or at work, usually," she said.  "He doesn't do this.  I have filed a report with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, and they have determined he is not in any area hospitals or jails.  I am very concerned."

Eaton is in his second year at CSAS, after previously teaching at Spring Creek Elementary School.  He is described as 5'10" tall, with sandy brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a gray Star Wars shirt with blue jeans and Converse shoes.  He was last seen driving a 2007 Silver KIA Sedona with a few dents.

If you have any information on John Eaton's whereabouts, please call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 423-209-7000.

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