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DUI suspect who allegedly spit at officers works as a Sac City Unified PE teacher

A man arrested in Elk Grove earlier this week on suspicion of DUI and who allegedly spit at police officers is a physical education teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 in Sacramento, school district officials confirmed Thursday.

John Chandler, 54, worked as a teacher at the Pocket-area school when he was arrested Monday night, Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Alex Barrios confirmed to The Sacramento Bee.

It was not clear whether Chandler is still employed at the school or by the district.

“Personnel matters are confidential,” the district said in an emailed statement to The Bee. “We are not at liberty to discuss them publicly. However, the district is treating this situation with the seriousness it deserves. We are listening and sympathetic to the concerns of parents and are working to address those concerns.”

Chandler remained listed on a Sacramento City Unified website as a middle school PE teacher, as of Thursday afternoon.

Police encountered Chandler on Monday night while his vehicle was parked with the engine running on Elk Grove Boulevard. Officers said he showed objective signs of impairment, according to an entry in Elk Grove Police Department’s daily watch logs, and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. While he was being detained, he resisted arrest and spit at an officer, police said.

In Chandler’s booking photo, he is seen sticking his tongue out at the camera with his eyes wide open.

Chandler was booked into Sacramento County jail. He was no longer in custody as of Thursday afternoon, according to the jail’s logs.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.