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A school superintendent was taken into police custody after being stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for a traffic violation. The 57-year-old man was detained on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to an MSHP report. His assistant said that after serving as principal for one of their schools from 1997 to 2001, he had been superintendent since 2001 and was working part time when he was held by police for DWI.

The assistant superintendent said that she was unsure of what steps would be taken by the school board in the case of an administrator being charged with DWI. The board is scheduled to meet on March 13, 2014, following the incident and will see what information arises before deciding on a course of action, she added.

Reports indicate that the superintendent was pulled over by police before 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 and released after a 12-hour hold in Scott County Jail without bond. If convicted of the DWI charge, he faces the suspension or revocation of his driving privileges, possibly in addition to more severe penalties depending on what authorities in law enforcement and the Missouri Department of Revenue decide after reviewing the case.

From respected officials to those in the working class, criminal charges of driving while intoxicated can mean heavy fines and possibly jail time. Individuals accused of DWI or other counts related to impaired driving are entitled to mount a legal defense to challenge the charges. No methods of sobriety testing were reported in this case, but if an individual feels that evidence of their alleged intoxication was obtained improperly or against police procedure, they may be able to make an argument for their case's dismissal from court.

Source: Sikeston Standard Democrat, "Kelly superintendent charged with DWI", Ruth Campbell, February 18, 2014

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