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High school principal in Hyde County accused of DWI in county car

North Carolina state troopers arrested a high school principal from Hyde County over the weekend on suspicion of driving while impaired. Authorities claim that the Mattamuskeet High School principle was driving a school-owned vehicle when he was arrested.

State troopers claim that the man measured 0.11 percent blood alcohol concentration after he was taken into custody. North Carolina law presumes impairment for any driver who measures 0.08 percent BAC or more.

DWI defense lawyers in North Carolina know that a person accused of drunk driving remains innocent until proven guilty. This blog has previously discussed collateral issues that can flow if a person is convicted of an alcohol-related offense. The high school principal reportedly has taken leave from his role as principal while the school district completes an independent probe into the DWI allegations.

Troopers claim that the 57-year-old man crashed the school-owned car while traveling on U.S. 264. Authorities believe that the driver took a curve too fast and lost control after over-correcting on the curve.

The car struck a utility pole alongside U.S. 264 near Swan Quarter, North Carolina. Law enforcement says that the driver's-side fender of the county-owned vehicle, a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, was damaged in the car accident. The wreck was reported around 12:45 Saturday afternoon.

Troopers ultimately arrested the school principal for drunk driving. A court date on the DWI allegations is scheduled for March 6. Meanwhile, the high school official is out on annual leave. This is the man's first year as principal of the school.

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