Head start teacher arrested on drug charges in school parking lot


A head start teacher has been arrested and charged with drug crimes.

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lindsey Leigh Cummings, 29 of Johnson City, on Sunday evening. 

The sheriff’s office says an officer found Cummings and Joshua Brandon Hill, 34 of Fall Branch, inside a car parked at Miller Perry School. According to the officer, when the duo was asked why they were in the school’s parking lot, Hill said Cummings worked at the school and they stopped by to pick something up from her classroom.

The officer claims when he asked Hill to get out of the car, he noticed a butane torch in the driver’s side door. 

Butane torches are often used for illegal drug consumption. 

According to the incident report, the officer then searched the vehicle and found a backpack in the back seat containing a clear bag with a crystal substance inside. Other items found according to the report include another butane torch, glass pipe, spoon, cut straw, scale, and a clear bag containing nearly 30 other clear baggies. 

The officer also discovered a small pink bag with a crystal substance, two cut straws, tweezers, and fingernail clippers inside, according to the report. 

The officer says Cummings was arrested but Hill took off before he could be taken into custody. He was arrested after he fell down while running, according to the report. 

The sheriff’s office has charged both with possession of schedule II narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

A spokesperson for the Upper East Tennessee Human Development agency confirms Cummings is a teacher in their head start program and has been with the program for a little over three years. At the time of her arrest, her classes were being held inside Miller Perry. 

When asked if Cummings is still employed by UETHDA, the spokesperson says it has a zero-tolerance policy and action will be taken. The agency says it has also notified the Department of Human Services. 

A substitute has been found to teach Cumming’s class, the agency says. 

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