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Police: DUI suspect claimed she was ‘designated driver’

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A first-grade teacher charged with drunken driving after crashing her car into a bus bench claimed to be the designated driver who was giving her roommate a ride home.

That's according to the arrest report for 26-year-old Noel Lynn Lardeo, who was taken into custody just after 5 a.m. Sunday on Spring Mountain Road west of El Camino Road.

Lardeo's 2005 Acura steered off the road and struck a 15-year-old boy waiting for a bus. The victim, who hasn't been identified, was rushed to University Medical Center in critical condition. Police told FOX5 the teen has since lost one of his legs.

Police said some witnesses saw a driver run a red light just before the crash, and another claimed the Acura sped by them and started skidding before running off the road.

According to the arrest report, Lardeo claimed her right front tire was "low" and that she lost control of the car before striking the bus bench.

She denied having anything to drink, police said, but later failed four field sobriety tests, including a breath test.

Two open, partially-consumed containers of vodka were also found in the car, according to the report.

After being arrested, Lardeo was questioned a second time if she had been drinking.

"She stated that she had drunk alcohol, ‘the night before,' and that she was supposed to be the designated driver," police wrote in the report.

Lardeo is currently a first grade teacher at Roger M. Bryan Elementary School. The Clark County School District confirmed she has worked at the school since January 2011.

Parents at the school told FOX5 the incident has been unsettling.

"It's disturbing," said Vaiva Young, whose daughter attends Bryan Elementary.

Other parents take offense to Lardeo's mug shot, in which she appears to be smiling.

"When I saw that, I just got this disgust in my stomach," said parent Sonia Lucero. "I couldn't believe that she was smiling. She looked like she was posing for a happy photo."

Lardeo is charged with drunken driving causing substantial bodily harm, having an open container in a vehicle and driving without a license.

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