Viola's High School Principal Frederick Robinson will be headed to court Dec. 12 after he was arrested Nov. 18 for driving with a blood alcohol level of .29.
According to the incident report, Mark Long with the Salem Police Department was dispatched at 8:07 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, to check out the driver of a silver car traveling north on Highway 9 towards Salem. Long said that as he approached a 2006 Toyota, stopped at Leslie Drug's parking lot at the intersection of Highways 62/412 and 9, the driver started to pull away. Long said he was able to stop the vehicle after getting the attention of Robinson by tapping on the driver's side window.
Long said he asked several times for Robinson's driver's license and each time Robinson handed him a Missouri State Lotto ticket.
Long said he told Robinson to put the vehicle in park and to turn off the ignition. Robinson began to get out of the vehicle, which was still running, and the car began to roll forward. Long said he was able to stop the car by reaching in and turning off the ignition.
Long administered a series of tests to determine if Robinson was intoxicated. After failing each test, Long transported Robinson to the Fulton County Sheriff's office where he was administered a blood alcohol content test. The result said that Robinson was almost four times over the Arkansas state limit of .08.
Robinson was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving and no proof of insurance.
Viola Superintendent John May said that as of Nov. 26 Robinson was still employed with the Viola School District but said he could not comment on the incident at this time.
The next regular meeting of the Viola School Board will be Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.