Knox County teacher arrested lying along Townsend road

Knox County teacher arrested lying along Townsend road, apparently intoxicated

John McElroy (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) John McElroy (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

TOWNSEND (WATE) - A man who deputies say is a teacher employed by Knox County Schools was arrested Thursday afternoon after being found passed out on the side of a Townsend road.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says they were working an accident on Laurel Valley Road around 1:12 p.m. when they found a man identified as John David McElroy, 53, passed out alongside the road.

Deputies told 6 News they noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from him and a bottle of Vodka next to him. McElroy told the deputies he didn't know how he got there.

They say he was dressed as a woman, and his attire included a tan bra, bra inserts and pink panties.

McElroy is charged with public intoxication.

A John McElroy is listed on the Knox County Schools website as a teacher at Farragut Middle School.

Knox County Schools issued the following statement: "We are currently awaiting information from law enforcement and will take actions accordingly."

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