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Glenn Hills Principal Frazier to fight DUI charge

Few details available on principal's arrest

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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.

Wayne Frazier left Tubman Middle School to be principal at Glenn Hills this year.   Special
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Wayne Frazier left Tubman Middle School to be principal at Glenn Hills this year.


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.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 05/25/10 - 07:30 am
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Apparently there's a

Apparently there's a misdemeanor DUI and a felony DUI. Not sure what the difference is.

OIC
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OIC 05/25/10 - 07:49 am
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He is accused of being D.U.I.

He is accused of being D.U.I. and the officer will testify in court giving all the facts, video tape of the field tests and condition of Dr. Frazier. He refused to submit to the State test which means his license will be suspended by the Department of Public Safety. A drivers license suspension hearing will be conducted before this matter is decided in State Court. This man is an example to his students and should have at least submitted to the State test to determine his condition. Because he refused it is mandatory his license is suspended. ***There is a loophole on the license suspension.*** If the Officer who charged Dr. Frazier does not show up to the DPS hearing the license suspension will be dropped. This has happened in several cases including Rep. Ben Harbin and some local officials including deputies with the Sheriffs Office. These people are still driving because the Deputy or Police Officer did not show up to the suspension hearings. We as citizens need to make sure Dr. Frazier gets a fair trial. We also need to make sure the Deputy or Police Officer does his job and that includes making sure he appears at the DPS hearings.

beboisme
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beboisme 05/25/10 - 08:02 am
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If Mr Frazier was a diabetic

If Mr Frazier was a diabetic he would have said so prior to refusing a field test for alcohol consumption while operating a motor vehicle. Diabetics often do display signs of being drunk and can even smell of alcohol. Again if he were a diabetic he would probably be wearing a medical alert bracelet. But let's face it Frazier broke the rules and the laws of the land, he needs more than a time out for bad behavior. Frazier, instead of "fighting" the charges step up to the plate, be honest and accept what the judge hands down to you. How many times have you chidded to your students to do whats right? Now is the time to correct the wrong that has been done by doing the RIGHT thing. Admit your guilt and get on with your life. First and foremost you let yourself down, fix it and then you can begin to repair any amage this has caused to your students. Enjoy your summer break, and do it sober and, don't test the elements.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/10 - 08:21 am
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Sorry, Flipa, MY FOLK doesn't

Sorry, Flipa, MY FOLK doesn't drink moonshine, I'm not Southern.

"I spent years studying how to deter that for the National Guard"- sure, got it.

The only way to get alcohol out of your stomach quickly is to vomit. And it doesn't take years of study to figure that out.

"Years of study in the National Guard"- you just can't make this stuff up!

showboat
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showboat 05/25/10 - 08:38 am
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Why fight this charge he
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Why fight this charge he refuse the test!!!!!

showboat
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showboat 05/25/10 - 08:44 am
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Dr. Bedden, please don't let
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Dr. Bedden, please don't let this guy stand before the senior class at graduation on wednesday. He will get no respect from them or parents.

OIC
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OIC 05/25/10 - 08:54 am
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If a person refuses to

If a person refuses to cooperate then the officer making the traffic stop has only the reason he stopped the person to use against him in court. The officer will not have the field sobriety tests conducted in front of a video camera or the state chemical test. A jury in Richmond County usually will not convict a person of DUI if there is no evidence. All the DUI lawyers know this and so do most of the politicians in this community. If all else fails then a plea bargain to reckless driving usually occurs. A refusal to submit to the test will only have the consequence of a suspended license. The consequence is diminished by the previous mentioned loophole. We need to change the DPS rule to ensure that people who refuse the state tests automatically get their licenses suspended and can only appeal when the law enforcement officer has testified to DPS. A NO SHOW should not be the reason a license is not suspended.

Neveragain
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Neveragain 05/25/10 - 09:00 am
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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

Neveragain
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Neveragain 05/25/10 - 09:00 am
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INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/25/10 - 09:12 am
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Dr. Bedden can solve this

Dr. Bedden can solve this whole matter and let Frazier continue to work his magic at trouble spots in Richmond Cty. If Dr. Bedden rules he can continue as principal, the BOE will go along with it. They will say something like since the Superintendent has already announced his decision on this personnel matter, they will let it stand. Everyone goes home happy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/25/10 - 09:19 am
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Wasn't there a teacher in

Wasn't there a teacher in Columbia County who later married the Superintendent who received a DUI? Was she still teaching when that happened? Was she punished by the school system in any way? (Yeah, I know her name, but I can't remember if she was still teaching.)

fd1962
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fd1962 05/25/10 - 09:26 am
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Get with the plan, Corgimom.
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Get with the plan, Corgimom. I understand that if you eat a 25# bag of cement immediately after drinking, the alcohol is quickly neutralized. (Learned that in the National Guard)

AWyld1
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AWyld1 05/25/10 - 10:17 am
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I didn't see the Freudian

I didn't see the Freudian slip in Corgi's statement. The only thing that will sober a person up is time. Alcohol is absorbed into the body through the small intestine and removed through the liver. A rule of thumb in regard to alcohol processing is that it takes about one hour for a healthy liver to process one ounce of alcohol. An ounce is in a single beer, small glass or wine or single shot. The more you drink in the span of that hour, the longer the sobering up process will be. There is no such thng as a "quick fix" for sobering up. Anyone that says that is full of bunk. Time and stopping the intake of alcohol is the only way for a person to sober up. That being said, anyone that refuses a drunk driving test should have their license suspended forever!! I doubt Brad has refused several tests or else he is driving under a suspended license all the time. Mr. Frazier is a human that makes mistakes like all of us. He should also take his medicine like all of us. I see a lawyer and a plea deal to a lesser charge in his future. Politics as usual in ARC.

cparker
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cparker 05/25/10 - 09:43 am
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I have always admired Dr.

I have always admired Dr. Frazier, but I have to question why he refused to take the BAC knowing he would be arrested. I have to agree with the critics that he doesn't deserve any consideration at all. He shouldn't lose his job, but he is another disappointing black representative. I don't think there is ever a reason to not take the BAC unless you have been drinking and driving. Dr. Frazier was put in Glenn Hills HS school as an example of what those students could accomplish if they avoided the dumb decisions he just made for himself. What a self-destructive act!!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 05/25/10 - 09:58 am
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They'll drop the charges.

They'll drop the charges.

miles austin
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miles austin 05/25/10 - 11:05 am
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ok people!!! yes dr. frazier

ok people!!! yes dr. frazier has done alot for our schools but it doesn't change that " The Great One was TOASTED while driving his vehicle " would you guys be talking great things about him if he had hit one of your kids on the street or one of your kids who just graduated from high school after having a couple !!!! trust me every county lawenforcement vehile has a video camera in it and a every officer has a body mic that records everything . I can't wait to see that when it comes out!!! I remember seeing on the TV news and in the paper that Dr. Frazier sings in the hallways at school during school " I love you, I love you " JUST LIKE A WHINO WOULD AFTER HE HAD A COUPLE of drinks !!!! now that we know he likes to drive after he drinks , maybe we should start checking his condition when he goes to work in our schools just in case he kept the party going till bell rings !!! ( lets all sing together " I LOVE YOU " I LOVE YOU " Good job DR. Frazier !!

montega12
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montega12 05/25/10 - 11:21 am
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well im sorry to tell you if

well im sorry to tell you if he refused the test and his license is suspended work permits are not given and some have posted hope the charges are dropped would you feel the same if he plowed into your car and killed your child still want the charges dropped this is not the first time hes drivewn drunk its the first time he got caught and probably has been caught before was just let go cause he was wayne frazier. and the scientist with his government secret dude what are you smoking 007

fontana
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fontana 05/25/10 - 11:26 am
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Maybe his new job will be

Maybe his new job will be driving a school bus. YIKES!

fontana
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fontana 05/25/10 - 11:37 am
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I wouldn't want my kids in a

I wouldn't want my kids in a school ran by this "model" educator. I guess this incident will, sooner rather than later, boil down to discrimination.

fontana
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fontana 05/25/10 - 11:39 am
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...or Racial Profiling.

...or Racial Profiling.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/25/10 - 12:34 pm
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why not make dr. frazier the

why not make dr. frazier the next super, if he can turn around struggling schools then why not give him the opportunity to fix the entire school district???..well maybe not, he may institute a zero tolerance policy regarding student conduct which would translate into more suspensions/expulsions and lee state/federal dollars to be wasted by the board

dani
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dani 05/25/10 - 12:52 pm
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Man up to it Mr Frazier. You

Man up to it Mr Frazier. You aren't the first and won't be the last. At least keep your integrity intact.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/25/10 - 12:56 pm
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The man is innocent until

The man is innocent until proven guilty, thank God, according to the Constitution of the United States!

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 05/25/10 - 01:13 pm
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No one is above making a

No one is above making a mistake. Everyone may be forgiven. If we cannot forgive a person for making this kind of mistake, who will forgive us when we make mistakes? God forgives, every mistake, every time. Let's pray for this man, and for those who have no forgiveness in their hearts!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/25/10 - 01:22 pm
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lol. Yeah pray for him. That

lol. Yeah pray for him. That will stop his drinking and driving.....

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/10 - 01:38 pm
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Careful, fd1962, you are

Careful, fd1962, you are giving away your secret that took years of research to discover.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/25/10 - 02:00 pm
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Baron, I hope you listen to

Baron, I hope you listen to the Austin Rhodes Radio Program today, because he will be after your own heart. I hope Austin doesn't read this before he starts to demonize Dr. Frazier for being "GUILTY" of drunk driving. If Austin, starts out, that Dr. Frazier is Innocent until Proven Guilty, he has already read this. But then Austin, [because he can't help himself] will immeditely go to the burning question: Why didn't Dr. Frazier take a breathalyzer test if he were innocent? A perfectly legitimate question, but it is the unwarranted, unprovable answer [at least at this point], that Mr. Rhodes will undoubtedly conclude: that Dr. Frazier is Guilty of DUI...and then he'll say there may have been some other reason for him refusing to take the breathalyzer test, but it will always come back to Dr. Frazier's unquestionable Guilt. And from there, Dr. Frazier will be the second gunman on the "grassy knoll." But that's just Austin.
I expected more from you. How do you know he was drinking and driving? The short answer is, no matter what you say, is that you have absolutley no idea unless you were the arresting officer, or the "Man who could Kill Goats." Or perhaps your point was to once again belittle someone's belief in God. We don't make it a point to talk about your beliefs, but you seem to go out of your way to ostracize others. Stop it, O.K? It belittles us all!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/25/10 - 02:10 pm
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I never said Dr. Frazier was

I never said Dr. Frazier was guilty of anything.

Secondly, there is way, way too much hypocrisy coming out of the Austin Rhodes studio for my ears.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 05/25/10 - 02:26 pm
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O.K. Baron, my fault. Please

O.K. Baron, my fault. Please forgive me. Sincerely. I didn't mean to fly off.

flipa
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flipa 05/25/10 - 02:32 pm
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Corgismom's contempt for

Corgismom's contempt for those who defend our country and their drinking problems and studies of that problem are hereby noted. You can resune showing contempt for everyone else now "corgi". We read you loud & clear.

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