Highschool principal charged with drunken driving after crash

Jim Woods The Columbus Dispatch

A Licking County high school principal has pleaded not guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence charge stemming from a Feb. 7 crash.

Stacey J. Stein, 44, of Millersport, who is the Lakewood High School principal, made entered her plea Tuesday in Fairfield County Municipal Court. She is also charged with a misdemeanor offense of making an illegal U-turn.

A sheriff‘s deputy arrested Stein on Feb. 7 after she was involved in a crash on Route 37 near the intersection of Route 204. While driving northbound, she pulled into a driveway and attempted to make a U-turn, pulling in front of another vehicle that collided with hers, the deputy said in court records.

Stein would not submit to an alcohol breath test and a field sobriety test was not conducted because she was in a collision, the deputy stated. The report said that Stein admitted that she drank alcohol that night.

The Lakewood Local School Board was having its regular meeting on Wednesday night. Board members and school Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews could not immediately be reached by phone for comment.



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