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Jefferson High principal charged with DUI

May 04, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Jefferson High School's principal was charged with driving under the influence early Sunday in Jefferson County after a West Virginia State Police trooper clocked the man's car traveling 57 mph in a 45-mph zone and observed the car crossing the center line three times, according to the trooper, court records and school officials.

William Howard Guth, 54, of 223 Old Middleway Road, Kearneysville, W.Va., was charged with first-offense DUI, speeding and driving left of center, according to a criminal complaint from Senior Trooper J.A. Meeks.

Meeks said after pulling over the vehicle he noticed that Guth's eyes were extremely glassy and there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Guth's breath, according to the complaint filed in Jefferson County Magistrate Court.

"Mr. Guth advised this officer that he had consumed approximately two alcoholic beverages," Meeks said in the complaint.

Meeks said he was conducting a routine traffic patrol along Wiltshire Road north of Charles Town at about 12:38 a.m. when he noticed a blue 2006 Pontiac driving at a high rate of speed, according to the complaint.

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After stopping the car, Meeks then instructed the driver to exit the vehicle and perform a series of field sobriety tests, the complaint said.

Guth failed three tests, Meeks said.

Meeks then instructed Guth to submit to a preliminary breath test, which Guth failed, the complaint said.

Guth is free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, court records state.

Jefferson County Board of Education President Pete Dougherty said Guth has been employed with the school district for about five years and previously was a principal in southern Maryland. He has more than 32 years of experience in education, according to Jefferson High School's Web site.

"Appropriate action will be taken by the superintendent," Dougherty said.

In such a situation, the employee is typically suspended while additional information about the incident is compiled by the superintendent, who will present any findings to the school board, Dougherty said.

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