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Washington Superintendent of Public Schools arrested for DUI

On Sunday, March 21st, 2010 at 1:30 am, Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Schools, was pulled over for speeding by a local law enforcement officer in Orting, Washington, and when the officer smelled alcohol on Dorn’s breath, he administered a field sobriety test. According to the Washington State Patrol, Dorn’s breathalyzer test showed a .11 blood alcohol concentration, which is .03 above the state’s legal limit. As a result, he was charged with one count of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, which is a gross misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. His first court appearance will be on Friday, April 2.

In a statement issued on March 25th, Dorn apologized to the public, and gave more details of the activities that led up to his arrest. Dorn had been at a function at which he drank beer, although he does not state how much beer he had. In his statement he says that “I thought I was capable of driving home. I now know that drinking any amount of alcohol before driving is an extremely poor choice.” Dorn vows that he will work every day to earn back the public’s trust in him.

This incident, involving a high-level elected official, a former teacher, and the overseer of all K-12 education for the State of Washington, demonstrates the dangerous and insidious nature of alcohol use. As a leader and role model for students of all ages, Dorn knew logically that drinking alcohol prior to driving was a bad decision, yet this logic was not enough to prevent Dorn from drinking and driving, and from putting the public at risk.

No one is above the law. Fortunately, the only victim was the public’s confidence in the judgment of the person elected to lead Washington’s K-12 education system.

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