A Joliet Central Driver’s Education Teacher has resigned after he was arrested last week after school staff allegedly found him passed out drunk in a driver’s ed car in front of the school. 46-year-old Nestor Nowak of Shorewood was found on April 6th at 7:20am outside the main entrance of the parking lot, slumped over the steering wheel. School staff was concerned that Nowak was undergoing a medical emergency and called for an ambulance. He was taken to Presence St. Joseph Medical Center where tests determined that Nowak had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system for driving. He had a valid driver’s license and his certification was approved through the Illinois State Board of Education which was also valid according to the school district.
Nowak has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence. It has also come to light that Nowak has previously pled guilty in July of 2014 to DUI. The JTHS District, in a statement to WJOL, said that they were unaware of the fact that Nowak had a previous DUI until Monday afternoon and they are investigating further to determine why they were not made aware of the incident. Nowak tendered his resignation from his job at Joliet Central on Monday evening. The JTHS School Board accepted that resignation at there regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night.