MOUNT VERNON — A paraeducator in the Mount Vernon School District was arrested Thursday after allegedly coming to school intoxicated.

Staff at Mount Baker Middle School allegedly smelled intoxicants on the man’s breath and asked him to leave the premises, Mount Vernon Police Lt. Greg Booth said.

The man refused to leave, and the department’s middle school resource officer was called to escort the man off the property, Booth said.

The man was combative, refused to leave and began a physical altercation with the officer in the school’s administration office, Booth said.

The man was eventually led off the property and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center for investigation of one count of disobeying a school administrator and refusing to leave and one count of resisting arrest, according to jail records.

He was also told to stay away from the property, Booth said.

The man has been placed on paid administrative leave while the district conducts its own investigation, Mount Vernon School District Assistant Superintendent Bill Nutting said.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141,, Twitter: @Kera_SVH,

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