Atlanta assistant principal charged in hit-run DUI crash

An Atlanta high school administrator is facing multiple charges after she allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run wreck that injured another motorist and caused other crashes while driving drunk in Douglas County, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Tanisha Rodgers Thomas, an assistant principal at Booker T. Washington High School, is facing seven charges, including driving under the influence, hit-run/leaving the scene of an accident, failing to obey a traffic control device, failing to maintain lane and driving without headlights, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 21 when a vehicle driven by the 36-year-old Rodgers crossed the centerline on Waterford Club Drive and hit another vehicle, then left the scene, the GSP said.

Shortly afterward, Thomas allegedly ran a red light at Ga. 6 and Maxham Road, struck another vehicle and again left the scene. Finally, her vehicle ran off the roadway, hit a curb and crashed into a fire hydrant.

“I was on my way to work at 3:30 in the morning and a car came out of nowhere,” accident victim Willie Foster, who was driving on Maxham Road at the time, told Channel 2.

“The light for her was on red, the light for me was on green, and I proceeded through the light like I normally do. She came, with her lights off, and I see her and we T-boned," Foster said.

The man said he sustained injuries to his right shoulder and knee that may require surgery.

Thomas is now back at her job. In an emailed statement, Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Keith Bromery told Channel 2 that if a district employee is charged in a matter not directly related to schools, APS policy is to not take any action until the case has run its course in the courts.

“District employees are not required to report arrests or charges; they are only required to report convictions,” Bromery said.