A San Francisco school principal accused of driving drunk and trying to flee after hitting two cars near the Golden Gate Bridge earlier this month pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges today. Sheila Sammon Milosky did not appear in court for her arraignment this morning, but her attorney, Sam Ware, entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf to misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges.
Milosky is the principal at Paul Revere School in the city’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. She was arrested May 12 after the collisions occurred on U.S. Highway 101 just south of the bridge, district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said. Milosky allegedly struck two other cars and then tried to leave the scene, prosecutors said. She was located and arrested, and was found to have a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08 percent, according to Bastian.
Ware said outside of court today, “If Ms. Milosky made a mistake here, she’s going to own up to it. But if she did not make a mistake and some of the facts were not reported correctly, then we’re going to dispute it.” Ware said his client still has a valid driver’s license as she awaits a pending hearing with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
Milosky has drawn criticism at Paul Revere School, which teaches pre-kindergarten to eighth-graders, for what some parents said were unfair rules for students. She has been principal at the school for two years. The Alliance of Californians for Economic Empowerment, an advocacy group for low-income and immigrant families, held a rally in October over rules instituted by Milosky that they said included demerits for students taking bathroom breaks.
School district officials have said all complaints made by parents have been thoroughly investigated. Milosky’s criminal case will return to court on June 26 for a pre-trial conference.
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