Glenn Hills High School Principal Dr. Wayne Frazier, a high-profile Richmond County administrator and husband of state Rep. Gloria Frazier, said Monday that he'll challenge a DUI charge against him.
With the help of an attorney, Frazier said, when the case goes to court "I believe everything will be hopefully dropped."
Frazier was arrested on misdemeanor DUI and failure to maintain lane charges about 11:30 p.m. Thursday on Deans Bridge Road at Brentway Drive.
Few details were available Monday because only a ticket had been filed with the solicitor's office. Acting State Court Solicitor P.J. Campanaro said that her office's files involving the case would not be made public while the case is being prosecuted.
Richmond County sheriff's Maj. Richard Weaver said Frazier refused to take a Breathalyzer test -- which involves a motorist blowing into a hand-held device that measures blood-alcohol content.
In Georgia, refusing to the test results in arrest. Georgia Department of Driver Services spokeswoman Susan Sports said a driver who refuses the test also has his license suspended for 12 months.
Until he goes to court, Frazier said, he's unable to go into the specifics of the case. "I just hate this happened at this time because of so many positive things we have done in the school," he said. "I just feel that the community and my students will feel I've kind of let them down, and my family."
Frazier, who took over this year at Glenn Hills after leading Tubman Middle, said he also regrets that the arrest happened so close to Glenn Hills' graduation, which is Wednesday.
Some Richmond County school board members said Monday that they were surprised to hear about the arrest, noting that Frazier has become known for turning around struggling schools, being particularly skilled at discipline and making students feel that teachers and administrators care for them.
"I've been a very big supporter of Dr. Frazier," said board member Frank Dolan. "I think he's done an excellent job in each of the schools we've sent him to. ... I'm not sure what this will do for his career path. ... I do hate to hear it. I think it's very unfortunate."
Board member Jack Padgett, who agreed with Dolan, said Frazier had applied to be the school system's superintendent three years ago when Dr. Dana Bedden was selected, and he said his name had been floated as the district looks for a replacement when Bedden leaves June 18.
"His name has been tossed about quite a bit, more by the public than the board members," Padgett said, but "I certainly think this (the arrest) would be a setback."
Gary Walker, the director of the Georgia Professional Standards Commissions' Ethics Division, said a misdemeanor DUI doesn't rise to the level of what it investigates, meaning that if convicted Frazier wouldn't lose his state accreditation to teach.
Dolan said he wasn't sure what the school system's policy is concerning employees who are charged with DUI, noting that the board might have to consult with its attorney, Pete Fletcher. Fletcher said he couldn't discuss personnel matters.
Padgett said that the board likely wouldn't get involved and that it's probably an administrative decision. A message left for Bedden on Monday wasn't immediately returned.