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Teacher is arrested on OUI charges


Child endangerment among counts against Tantasqua instructor


March 08, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Tantasqua Regional High School mathematics teacher Johan T. Leth-Steensen III, 33, was arrested Sunday, Feb. 28 on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of prescription drugs and reckless endangerment of a child.

Leth-Steensen of Holland was traveling westbound on Route 20 on Sunday when police were dispatched to the Main Street Burger King for a report of a potentially unstable driver, according to a report filed by Sturbridge Police Officer Daniel Hemingway.

"The reporting party was concerned because they believed the male operator of a red sedan was impaired and operating with a young child in the vehicle," Hemingway stated.

Accompanied by officers Joseph Lombardi and Pamela Desplaines, Hemingway responded to the area to witness a red Buick Park Avenue driven by Leth-Steensen with his 4-year-old son in the backseat, turn sharply from the Burger King parking lot onto Route 20, traveling with two wheels on the sidewalk for a short distance before coming back down onto the roadway.

The car again struck the curb and went up on the sidewalk near the Chamber of Commerce information center when it was stopped by Lombardi.

Hemingway indicated the operator "appeared distracted and inattentive," when confronted by police.

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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