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Missouri school superintendent accused of drunk driving

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a trooper pulled over the superintendent of the Richland R-IV School District on Oct. 2 following a call from the public about a weaving vehicle on Highway 54. The officer reported seeing the vehicle cross the middle line and then crossing the fog line.

When the trooper conducted a traffic stop, he reportedly notified the superintendent that he was pulled over for weaving. The driver allegedly responded that it was because he was texting. As the man searched through numerous cards for his driver's license, the officer says that it looked as though he was having difficulty controlling his fingers. Then, the driver reportedly gave the trooper an expired insurance card from 2013.

The officer claims that he asked the superintendent to walk back to the patrol car, at which point the trooper noticed the smell of alcohol on the man's breath. The officer also said that the man's eyes appeared to be glassy and bloodshot. According to the trooper, the superintendent performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

The trooper took the superintendent into custody and transported him to Cole County Jail. The man allegedly agreed to a breath test, which the officer recorded as a blood alcohol content of .091 percent. The superintendent was subsequently charged with DWI. The Highway Patrol said that the man has no prior detainments, charges or convictions for DWI.

In a DWI case that involves a first-time conviction, the defendant's lawyer may negotiate alternative sentencing with the prosecutor. With this approach, the defendant could be required to complete an alcohol abuse program rather than be fined or incarcerated.

Source: KOMU, "School superintendent charged with DWI," Jenna Middaugh, Oct. 29, 2015

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