School superintendent faces drunk driving charges

A Chambersburg school superintendent's job may be in jeopardy after he was arrested under suspicion of DUI, according to local news outlets. The Pennsylvania official was charged with two counts of drunk driving and one of speeding following a routine traffic stop. He was scheduled to appear in court on June 23. 

According to the police report, the attending officer was conducting a routine speed check in a Chambersburg neighborhood when he pulled the superintendent over for allegedly speeding. The accused man's exact speed was not specified in the report. It was also not made clear what kind of roadside sobriety test was conducted, though police say the man's blood alcohol level was recorded at .214 percent. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08. 

The man was arrested after he allegedly admitted to consuming four or five beers at a local legion hall. He was taken into custody, but it is unclear whether he remains in police custody at this time. The school board has spoken out condemning the man's alleged behavior, stating that disciplinary action may be forthcoming. 

A drunk driving charge like this can negatively impact the career of any individual, but particularly a public servant in a community position. Should the man be found guilty, he could lose his job; indeed, administrative action could be taken independent of the criminal proceedings. Nevertheless, Pennsylvania prosecutors must provide compelling evidence of the man's guilt before any conviction can be secured. Evidence of proper conduct by attending officers, including the appropriate application of any roadside sobriety test, may also be necessary. In the absence of such evidence, the drunk driving charge could be dropped or reduced. 

Source: heraldmailmedia.com, "Chambersburg associate school superintendent charged with DUI", June 9, 2015

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