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School board member charged with DUI

August 20, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Washington County Board of Education member W. Edward Forrest was charged Sunday morning with driving under the influence in Franklin County, Pa.

Forrest was stopped at 3:10 a.m. on U.S. 30 in the borough of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania State Police said in a press release faxed Thursday evening. The investigating trooper was not available.

"I made a dumb mistake," Forrest said when reached at home Thursday night.

Forrest, 46, who lives near Hagerstown, said he had been at home and decided to go for a drive by himself. He said he had his last drink a few hours before he drove and thought he was OK, but he was wrong.

The legal limit for blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is .08.

"I'm embarrassed and sorry for what happened," Forrest said, apologizing to the community he serves and his family.

He said he is seeking counseling.

Forrest was elected to the school board in 2000 and re-elected in 2004.

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He resigned in March 2007 because of a job promotion within Martin's Food Market that required regional travel. Later, he realized he wanted to go back to his position as a local pharmacist.

After returning to his old job, he ran again for the school board. He was elected to another four-year term in November 2008.

Forrest said he didn't think the DUI charge would affect his standing on the board.

Ruth Anne Callaham, the board's vice president, said Thursday night that the Code of Maryland Regulations doesn't appear to require the board to take a specific action in a case such as this.

She called Forrest "a dear friend and an excellent board member."

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