Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Decatur Superintendent Arrested for DUI; Does Lying Matter?

The city, particularly the southwest portion of the county, is abuzz over the recent arrest of Decatur Township Superintendent Don Stinson for DUI. The Star reports:

Decatur Township Schools Superintendent Donald Stinson expressed remorse and regret Monday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Plainfield.

"I made a terrible error in judgment," Stinson said Monday in a telephone interview with The Indianapolis Star. "I've embarrassed myself. Even worse, I've embarrassed my family and friends and have unnecessarily brought negative attention to our district."

Decatur School Board President Dale Henson said board members would discuss sanctions against Stinson tonight during the board's regular meeting. Stinson was not suspended Monday.

Stinson, 60, was driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 when an officer stopped his pickup truck on Ind. 267 near Stafford Road at 1:42 a.m. Sunday, according to a Plainfield Police Department report.

Police arrested Stinson on initial charges of drunken driving and public intoxication, the report said.

Officer Michael Pigman saw Stinson drive a 2008 Chevrolet Tacoma over a curb and weave across the lane markers before he pulled the vehicle over, the report said.

Stinson smelled of alcohol and initially told the officer he was returning from a Walmart and had consumed a beer. Later he admitted drinking two glasses of wine at one tavern and two more beers at another, the report said.


To see the rest of the article click here.

It's unfortunate that the claims of drivers arrested for DUI regarding how much alcohol was consumed are never challenged by reporters. Stinson tested at .12 which he said was based on drinking two glasses of wine and two beers. BS.

If Stinson drank those two glasses of wine and two beers in a one hour period, his BAC would probably only be at .06. If he didn't drink that fast and he spent three hours consuming those two beers and two glasses of wine, he would have only been at .02.

Stinson would have had to drank at least 10 glasses of wine or beers over a three hour period to get to .12. Stinson clearly has not told the truth. Does that matter?

Note: I used the drink wheel to measure BAC. That can be found here.


Cato said...

I don't see how driving drunk disqualifies him from holding his job.

varangianguard said...

Probably has a "morals" clause in his employment contract.

Lead by example, and all that.

Jon said...

When I checked his contract on the Star website (DataCentral) I noticed that unlike other superintendents his contract did not have any termination language. An omission by the Star or not found in his contract?

Frank Hoosier said...

Many have commented on various sites about the legal limit or the prior legal limit.


* He wasn't pulled over for his blood alcohol level
* He wasn't pulled over for being an educator
* He wasn't pulled over for smelling like booze

He was pulled over for swerving & hitting a curb.
He was pulled over for driving in an unsafe manner - drunken or not.

After pulling him over, the officer concluded through his observations AND technology that Mr. Stinson was indeed, legally, drunk.

The proof of Mr. Stinson's drunkeness was:
* his smell
* his bloodshot eyes
* his statement
* his blood alcohol level
* his swerving car

Yes, his story made the news because he's a superintendent. He gets paid the big bucks to be a role model.

Fortunately for this educator, drunk + driving = arrest, not the death of him or someone else...this time.

Paul K. Ogden said...


You bring up a good point. However, I would point out that when cops testify about bloodshot eyes, smell of alochol, etc., I don't give it too much credence. Every police officer who pulls over a driver suspected of DUI gives the same observation. I swear it's like they're reading from a card when they write up their reporter.

I'm more interested in the things you don't see in every DUI police report, such as the swerving, the statement about drinking, the BAC level, etc.