Being charged with a crime such as drunk driving can be scary for anyone. For those who are in the public eye, the charges may be especially embarrassing, particularly when the court of public opinion so often chimes in before all the facts are known. Recently, a Michigan superintendent of schools had to admit to his board and the public that he faced DUI charges stemming from an arrest on July 8.
The man, who works for Lawrence Public Schools, was arrested after a car accident in southwest Michigan. He is accused of crashing into a car in Almena Township. He told police that he thought that the car in front of him was turning left, so he attempted to pass on the right. However, the car in fact turned right, and the superintendent was unable to avoid a collision.
As a result of the accident, police suspected that the superintendent had been drinking. He was reportedly given a blood alcohol test, which returned a BAC level of 0.13 percent. The blood alcohol percent limit in Michigan is 0.08. The test results led to the accusations of DUI, though it is fair to say that not all test results are ultimately found to be accurate.
The superintendent was released from jail the day he was arrested after posting bond. He faces the potential for drunk driving charges, though officials will make a final determination after the police investigation of the car accident is finalized. Until then, the superintendent will likely work to prepare a defense to the DUI charges, and he is fully entitled to the same presumption of innocence that protects all others accused of a crime in our state.
Source: South Bend Tribune, "Southwest Michigan school superintendent faces drunk driving charges," Denise Bohn, July 12, 2012