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Football coach arrested for DUI after game

A coach at a prominent regional high school has been arrested for drunk driving after he reportedly ran a red light after traveling to a football game in South Carolina. The man, who serves as a defensive line coach for North Carolina's Franklin High School, is accused of striking another vehicle after disobeying the traffic signal. The coach had been attending a Clemson Tigers football game.

Authorities report the 48-year-old man drove his Chrysler 300 through a stop light and into an intersection during the late-night accident. The driver told officers had he had consumed about six beverages while at the Clemson game. When he was asked to perform sobriety tests, he failed. The man's blood alcohol content at the scene measured about 0.16 percent, which is twice the legal limit in the state of North Carolina. Luckily, it appears that no one was injured in the accident.

Representatives from the high school have said that the educational system will not comment on the man's personal matter. Initial reports show that the principal and vice principal at the man's school are pursuing an investigation into the matter, but the results of that inquiry are not yet complete. The defensive line coach is one of seven auxiliary coaches under the high school's head coach, Josh Brooks.

Those accused of drunk driving, even if they are educators, should not be vilified in the media before charges have officially been answered with a plea from the defendant. A variety of factors could invalidate the charges against the man, or he could be subject to only minor sanctions if the incident was his first drunk-driving arrest. The educational officials in this case are behaving with the correct amount of discretion in this case by refusing to comment before an official investigation is complete. All criminal defendants are innocent until proven guilty in our court system. They deserve the same rights, regardless of their professional positions.

Source:  www.citizen-times.com, "Franklin defensive line coach suspended after car wreck" Jon Ostendorff, Sep. 10, 2013

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