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Kanawha County high school principal arrested for drunk driving

Kanawha County high school principal arrested for drunk driving

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The principal of Herbert Hoover High School was arrested Saturday during a traffic stop in Charleston for suspected driving under the influence.

According to the criminal complaint, Michael Kelley was stopped by police at the intersection of Fort Hill Drive and Cantley Drive because they observed his vehicle “driving at a low speed, swerving and crossing the lane markings.”

School board member Tracy White confirmed to 13 News that the man arrested is the principal of Herbert Hoover High School.

The complaint noted that his vehicle also drove into the median, went over a raised curb and stopped at a red light in the middle of an intersection on U.S. Route 119.

Police reported that Kelley was slurring his speech and his breath smelled of alcohol. When he got out of his vehicle, Kelley was unable to stand on his own and soon collapsed to the ground. After paramedics attended to him, he refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was then taken to the hospital.

Police later obtained a search warrant and took a blood sample from Kelley.