CHAPEL HILL, TX (KLTV) - A Chapel Hill teacher who arrested when he was found passed out and allegedly intoxicated on school property is no longer employed with the district, according to an official.
Charles Applegate, 38, of Crockett was arrested on Aug. 14. Applegate was found in the Chapel Hill High School's parking lot by a school resource officer. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, Applegate appeared to be intoxicated and in the possession of a used aerosol can.
A Chapel Hill Independent School District official released a statement on the incident Thursday:
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Chapel Hill ISD became aware of a report that a teacher, Mr. Charles David Applegate, was found unconscious and allegedly intoxicated on school property. An investigation commenced immediately by CHISD administrators and the employee was placed on administrative leave. The District's school resource officer was alerted and the District began working cooperatively with the Smith County Sheriff's Department during its investigation. The District received notification from law enforcement that the employee had been arrested and charged with "Public Intoxication and Possession of Inhalants."
The employee is no longer employed with Chapel Hill ISD, and the District will make all required reports to state educational authorities. Chapel Hill ISD places the highest priority on the safety and wellbeing of our students and will continue to work to make our schools a safe, supportive learning environment for all students.
Applegate was booked into the Smith County Jail under a public intoxication and possession of inhalants charge. He has since been released on a $760 bond.