Lee County Teacher Arrested in School Parking Lot on DWI Charges

A Lee County teacher was arrested for DWI by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in the parking lot of his school around 7:45 am.

Steven Tyler Layko, age 27, was arrested May 21 on the charge of driving while impaired. Layko’s blood alcohol content was .08, which is the legal limit in North Carolina. His license is restricted and prohibits him from driving with a BAC of .04 or higher and he was cited for failing to comply with that restriction as well as being also ticketed for driving without a license.

A $1,000 unsecured bond was issued to Layko, who will head to court on July 15 and according to the Lee County Sheriff’s office, he was never booked into the county jail.

Steven Layko - Lee - Quiet EpidemicLayko was convicted for DWI with a blood alcohol content of .11 in April of 2017 in Wake County. The State Highway Patrol was the arresting entity in that case too.

In December 2017, his sentence included 12 months probation, with 60 days in jail suspended, and 24 hours of community service.

According to the North Carolina State teacher license database, Layko is licensed to teach science in grades 9-12 and his current license expires on June 30 of this year. Despite the DWI conviction, Layko does not appear to have been disciplined by the State Board of Education.

According to the district, Layko was hired Jan. 19, 2016, to teach at Lee County High School.┬áLee County School spokeswoman Sharon Spence said that Layko has been suspended with pay. The district indicated that Layko’s current salary, including the local 10% supplement, is $40,700.


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A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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