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Superintendent cited for DUI, reckless endangerment

 

March 22, 2017



Lyle School District Superintendent Andrew Kelly was charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment the night of March 12 in White Salmon. According to the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, Kelly’s son, a minor, was with him in the passenger side front seat at the time.

A probable cause statement from Officer Tony Warren states the department received multiple complaints of a DUI travelling eastbound toward Bingen on Route 14. The same vehicle was reported to Washington State Patrol for erratic driving three times on Interstate 5, once on Route 14, and was also noticed “driving around private property and a yard in Skamania County.” The report states that Kelly spends his weekends in Lacey; he was presumably driving back from there.

After receiving a report that the vehicle had driven onto the sidewalk and was all over the road, Warren caught up to it and observed it driving over the center line. Warren activated the patrol car lights, but the vehicle did not respond until he activated the siren a quarter of a mile later. When Warren spoke to the driver, Andrew Kelly, he noticed slurred speech, “droopy” eyes, and the smell of alcohol. Kelly told Warren he was the Lyle School District superintendent. When asked if he had been drinking, Kelly first said no, then stated he’d had a glass of wine with dinner before leaving Olympia. Failing a field sobriety and preliminary breath test, Kelly was placed under arrest for DUI.

A search of the vehicle recovered a handgun from the center console, which Warren wrote was a violation of his concealed weapon permit to have while intoxicated. There was also a partially full 16-ounce can of Smith and Forge Hard Cider. Kelly accepted an invitation to perform more sobriety tests. He failed these as well and was informed he was still being cited for DUI.

Kelly was cited and released; his vehicle was impounded. Bingen-White Salmon Police Chief Wyckoff said there appeared to be fresh damage to the vehicle, possibly caused by contact with a guardrail. Witness reports describe Kelly’s vehicle swerving from lane to lane on Interstate 5, driving on the shoulder, and nearly hitting other vehicles.

Tria Bullard, chair of the Lyle School District school board, says the board has not yet met to consider action on Kelly or make a statement. She states the board members are aware of the charges against Kelly.

 

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