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Cops: Center Moriches teacher arrested for DWAI in school parking lot

A handout photo shows Tracey Forman, 47, of Patchogue, after her arrest Monday.
Credit: Suffolk County Police Dept.

A Long Island school teacher was arrested Monday in the parking lot of Center Moriches High School after cops said she was found driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after allegedly hitting a parked car and fleeing the crash.

Tracey Forman, 47, of Patchogue, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol.

Police said Forman was behind the wheel of a 2013 Hyundai when she allegedly crashed into an unoccupied Plymouth Voyager that was parked off the roadway on Brookfield Avenue in Center Moriches around 8:30 a.m. Authorities allege she fled from the scene, but cops said a responding officer was able to obtain a description of her car and began searching the surrounding neighborhood.

Police said the officer found Forman in her car in the rear parking lot of Center Moriches High School on Forwein Road – where she was arrested.

In announcing Forman’s arrest, investigators said she is a teacher in the Center Moriches School District. The school district’s superintendent, Russell Stewart, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Court records show Forman was arrested last December on petit larceny charges for allegedly shoplifting from a Kohl’s store in Lake Grove. The records show prosecutors offered to dismiss the case as long as she didn’t get arrested again until August. It was not immediately clear Monday if her latest brush with the law will lead that case being reopened.

Forman will be held Monday night in police custody and is expected to appear Tuesday morning at First District Court in Central Islip for arraignment.

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