Newell arrested for drunk driving
Blaine high school principal Dan Newell was arrested Sunday
morning at 1 a.m. and cited to Blaine municipal court for
driving while intoxicated, according to Blaine police.
Newell was stopped after failing to stop at the intersection of Sweet and Odell Roads. An officer observed the vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed, said deputy police chief Mike Haslip. After a series of field sobriety tests Newell was taken to the police station for an interview and a breath analysis for blood alcohol content, after which he was issued a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol. Mr Newell was polite and cooperative. He was very gentlemanly, Haslip said.
Newell said he would be personally speaking with concerned parents, teachers and students but had been advised by his attorney not to comment publicly.. He added he was very concerned and remorseful. His first court appearance was scheduled for May 15 but was continued.
School board member Jane Woods referred requests for comment to superintendent Gordon Dolman who did not return calls.