OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) - TEACHER ARRESTED
FOX10 has obtained video showing Amanda Cooney on her way to jail in Ohio. The Fort Walton teacher was wanted for fleeing with a 16-year-old boy. Shalimar, Florida Police Chief John Cash filed the missing person report on the teen that led to a nationwide alert. Now he's preparing charges against Cooney.
"We are in the process of applying for a warrant for a couple of charges for the female he was in company with in Ohio," Chief Cash said.
SUSPICION LED TO ARREST
Cooney and the boy were found when an Ohio deputy saw Cooney back into a motel parking space next to a trash dumpster. To the officer, it looked as if the woman was trying to conceal the car. The officer checked the license plate and confirmed his suspicions when a nationwide alert registered for the plate.
Officers knocked on the door of the motel room and found Cooney and the teen. Cooney was arrested without incident, and the boy was taken into juvenile custody. When police searched the Ohio motel room, they also found a stolen handgun and a small amount of marijuana.
WORKED AT OKALOOSA ACADEMY
Cooney worked at Okaloosa Academy in Fort Walton, a charter school. Police said Thursday she resigned by simply leaving a note on her desk and leaving. There has been no word from the school whether the juvenile was a student.
Crestview Police Lieutenant Andrew Schneider said a list of charges, including vehicle burglary and theft, will bring Cooney to the Okaloosa County Jail soon.
"She's going to be extradited from Ohio back to our jurisdiction through the sheriff's department, and then it will be based off those charges and any additional charges that may be forthcoming," Lt. Schneider said.
The 16-year-old is also in trouble. He is on probation for previous crimes and is being extradited though the juvenile system.
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