A fifth-grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate School was arrested Thursday on a charge stemming from an incident that took place in February, according to report from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Tammy Meadows Sheffler, 45, was charged with resisting an officer without violence. As of press time, the school district could not confirm her status at West Navarre Intermediate School, though the school’s website lists a Ms. Sheffler as a current fifth-grade teacher.
According to a police report, Feb. 19 a deputy responded to a vehicle was stuck headfirst in a ditch near the 2300 block of Yellow Pine Drive in Navarre. The report stated the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as Sheffler, was “clearly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.”
Sheffler’s statements to responding officers “made no sense,” according to the report. She appeared to be incoherent and repeatedly approached the officers, who instructed her to remain by her car multiple times. The report stated the last time she approached, she had a face of “absolute terror,” and “her entire body was shaking;” she was “curling her lower lip into her mouth, her upper lip was trembling, her eyes were blank and she could not formulate words.”
According to police, when a deputy again asked her to wait by her car, Sheffler responded, “Why don’t you go ask the other 59 victims who just stood by their car?”
The report stated that while standing beside her vehicle, Sheffler made comments alluding that one of the responding deputies “had killed 59 people on traffic accidents.”
The officer decided to detain Sheffler until Florida Highway Patrol arrived, due to her “clear unprovoked paranoia … her demeanor and increasing agitation toward” them.
According to the report, Sheffler immediately crossed her arms, placed her hands under her armpits and tensed her body. When she began to “thrash her body about” as an officer attempted to pry loose her arms, the deputy placed her on the ground with a leg sweep. As she continued to thrash around on the ground without releasing her arms, a deputy used a Taser on Sheffler.
After being assessed by EMS, it was determined Sheffler’s blood pressure was dangerously high. She was transported to Gulf Breeze Hospital for further treatment, the report stated.
Florida Highway Patrol declined to investigate the crash.
Sheffler was arrested Aug. 24 and transported to Santa Rosa County Jail. She was released the same day on $1,000 bond.