Superintendent Dorn pleads guilty to DUI charge - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Superintendent Dorn pleads guilty to DUI charge

SEATTLE (AP) - Superintendent Randy Dorn has pleaded guilty to one count of drunk driving and will serve one day in jail. Dorn entered his plea Friday in Orting Municipal Court. Judge John Curry sentenced Dorn to 365 days in jail, but suspended all but one day. He also has been fined $866. He is expected to report to jail on Tuesday.

Dorn was arrested early on March 21 while driving home from a crab feed and dance in Bonney Lake in rural Pierce County, where he says he drank some beer.

The following is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn:

 First, I want to apologize for my actions and the distraction they have caused.  I drank alcohol and got behind the wheel of a car.  That is a mistake, no matter how much you drink.  I apologize to my family, the students and the educators across our state.

As part of this legal proceeding, I agreed to take an alcohol assessment.  The assessment confirmed what I already knew: alcohol is not a problem in my life.  Alcohol does not affect my ability to serve Washington's citizens. 

Given this assessment, and the other facts in this case, my attorney believed we could have plead not guilty – but it is time for me to put this incident behind me and accept the consequences of my actions.

 I want to be clear that this incident has not affected my ability to do my job as state schools chief.  I will continue to work hard to move my agenda forward, especially as it relates to achieving real reform of education funding.

 Also, I will do what I can to earn back the public's trust. I want to turn this experience from a negative into a positive.  For me, as a career educator, this is a teachable moment. 

I am going to continue to seek out opportunities to help young people learn from my mistake.  I owe that to the people of this great state.

 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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