Man drives vehicle into school trailer
40-year-old charged with driving under the influence

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a Covington man on a charge of driving under the influence after he drove his car alongside a Dumpster and under a special-needs classroom trailer at Indian Creek Middle School on Tuesday morning, police said.

Lt. Mark Mitchell said Indian Creek notified school resource officer Deputy Kevin Roper about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday that someone had driven a vehicle into a Dumpster and then under a classroom trailer in the rear parking lot of the school. Mitchell said the driver apparently lost control of the car and struck the side of the Dumpster and the side of the trailer.

Mitchell said Roper investigated the accident, which resulted in the arrest of James Anthony Robichaud, 40, of 10 Cherry Chase, who was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

"When the subject was asked why he was at the school, he replied, 'I do not know,'" Mitchell said.

Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for the Newton County School System, said that school administrators checked if he was an NCSS employee, substitute or parent or guardian of one of the students at the school.

"He is not," she said Wednesday.

No students were injured in the incident, Mitchell said.

"There were three teachers in the trailer at the time," Viniard said. "Fortunately, no one was injured. The students were in the main building when the incident occurred."

Viniard said damages to the trailer total approximately $100.

"Due to the damages, the trailer, which is a special needs classroom, was not used (Tuesday) and will not be used until the repairs are completed and it is deemed safe," she said. "We expect the trailer to be repaired and ready to be used later (Wednesday)."

News Editor Barbara Knowles contributed to this article.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.