George Weber, superintendent of the Pierz School District was charged with two counts of third degree DWI Monday, in Morrison Country District Court.
Weber, 56, was arrested in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 5, after the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls around 12:15 a.m. about a vehicle traveling south in the northbound lane of Highway 371 in Fort Ripley Township.
Officers found and stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Weber.
The statement of probable cause from the Morrison County Attorney's Office states Weber appeared to be confused and exhibited signs of alcohol impairment, including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol coming from him.
Weber allegedly admitted that he had been drinking beer that evening and allegedly performed poorly on field sobriety tests.
The County Attorney’s statement said a portable breath test came back with a blood alcohol reading of 0.203. At the Morrison County Jail, Weber agreed to another breath test, which at 2:11 a.m., allegedly showed an alcohol concentration of 0.18.
Weber had his first court appearance at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 and was released on $12,000 bail, agreeing to abide by several conditions. His next court date has not yet been set.
In a statement issued this afternoon and posted on the Pierz School District website, Weber said, “This incident has embarrassed me, my family and my school district. I am terribly sorry. I am thankful for the many people who have reached out to show support. Although it is my first offense, I understand its seriousness. I will seek help in addressing the thinking and behaviors that led to such a risky and poor choice. I again apologize.”
Speaking for the Pierz School Board, Board Member Rick Sczublewski said the Board had an opportunity to meet with Weber to discuss the incident and its ramifications.
“As a Board, we recognize the long and successful history of work, dedication and commitment Mr. Weber has made to our schools and staff and students,” Sczublewski said. “We believe he will take the necessary steps to deal with this matter in an appropriate way now and going forward.”