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Frazier keeps license in exchange for guilty plea

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An administrative law judge rescinded the suspension of Wayne Frazier's driver's license during a hearing Tuesday, but the high school principal must agree to plead guilty in a criminal case in order to keep his driving rights, according to an Office of State Administrative Hearings docket.

The hearing was held at Frazier's request after the arresting police officer who charged the Glenn Hills High School principal with DUI and failure to maintain lane requested the license suspension. Frazier refused a sobriety test when he was stopped at Deans Bridge Road and Brentway Drive on May 20. According to state law, anyone who refuses to take a sobriety test at the time of arrest is subject to license suspension, said Solicitor General Charles Evans.

The arresting officer withdrew his request for the suspension during the hearing held at Columbia County Justice Center, where all area administrative license hearings are held.

Frazier agreed to enter a guilty plea to his charge of DUI or an agreed-upon lesser charge such as reckless driving in state court in exchange for the license suspension reversal, according to the document. If Frazier does not uphold his end of the agreement, the Georgia Department of Driver Services can opt to reinstate the suspension.

The administrative hearing has no bearing on the criminal case still pending against Frazier, Evans said. On July 2, he entered a not guilty plea to the DUI charge in the State Court of Richmond County. A trial date has not yet been set.

"It does not affect the outcome in state court," Evans said. "It addresses his privilege to drive."

So far, Frazier's only school system reprimand regarding the arrest is a letter of advisement given by former Superintendent Dana Bedden last month. Frazier was advised that though he is presumed innocent until proven guilty, "it is the expectation of the Richmond County school board that such event should have been reported by you to your supervisor, the executive director for high schools, or to my office."

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iletuknow
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iletuknow 07/14/10 - 05:36 pm
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Now don't think for one

Now don't think for one second that the "common folk",you know the ones that pay his salary, will get this same treatment.

Junket831
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Junket831 07/14/10 - 05:41 pm
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Not quite sure I understand

Not quite sure I understand the nuance of agreeing to plead guilty in one court, yet that decision has no bearing on the other court. The court of common sense says that if you say you are guilty in one location it better have a strong bearing on all locations. This is the kind of legal gamesmanship that lawyers love to play. The best local example of that was Rep. Ben Harbin's misadventure in Atlanta a few years ago.

Good luck to Mr. Frazier. Hopefully for him he will be as lucky as Mr. Harbin.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 07/14/10 - 05:46 pm
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Nothing like granting driving

Nothing like granting driving privileges to a man who pleads guilty to DUI.....only in a weak, corrupt, personal-responsibility-be-dammed country. If America wants to curb DUI then it would pass stiff, meaningful, and mandatory punishments.

bone1
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bone1 07/14/10 - 06:02 pm
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this is disgusting. hope the

this is disgusting. hope the judge can sleep well after this sickening display.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/14/10 - 06:23 pm
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This guy should not only have

This guy should not only have lost his license, he should have lost his job. Oh I forgot, ..........gets a PASS. The judge must have an application in to work for Holder at the DOJ. Can you imagine this principal trying to explain to one of his students about having to be punished when you do something wrong? He is automatically a hypocrite before he even opens his mouth. If this were a white principal he would have lost his license and would have been asked to resign or be fired by the board. You know, I know it, they know it.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/14/10 - 06:23 pm
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What the #*#$ does this

What the #*#$ does this mean?
Like most in Augusta, I sing the praises of Frasier for his work at Glen Hills and other schools with discipline problems, but does this mean the laws that apply to me don't apply to him? Does this put Frasier into the same category as the New Black Panthers who don't have to adhere to the federal laws? Is this ANOTHER skin color decision?
As a black American, and as a native American, I'd like to see this American man, as well as ALL other Americans, to be treated the same way under the law as I am.
Hey GGpap, is this a compromise we can agree on?

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/14/10 - 06:41 pm
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But he said he was sorry!!!!

But he said he was sorry!!!!

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/14/10 - 06:50 pm
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First offense + no property

First offense + no property damage + decent attorney =

Wreckless driving

EVERYTIME.

At least his atty didn't pull a fast one on the cop for the administrative hearing. *ahem*

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/14/10 - 07:05 pm
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He probably needs to talk

He probably needs to talk with Damon Evans and tell him how it is done!!!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/14/10 - 07:08 pm
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I was censored by the

I was censored by the Chronicle for my post. Go figure.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/14/10 - 07:09 pm
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Sorry Chronicle I thought you

Sorry Chronicle I thought you had left me out.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/14/10 - 07:18 pm
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The laws never punish drunk

The laws never punish drunk drivers they way they should to start with. This is no suprise to me. Drunk driving losers are never dealt with until they kill someone.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 07/14/10 - 07:21 pm
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Where is a certain user that

Where is a certain user that always claims a certain color always gets unfair treatment. I would say the only color that gets special treatment is green!!!

nongovman
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nongovman 07/14/10 - 07:32 pm
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Again with the double

Again with the double standards. If you want to experience racism just be white! Tha naacp along with Jackson,Sharpton and a crowd of followers would have marched in protest for a white man to be fired and a black put in his place. If anyone ever gets another DUI in this area we all should storm the court house in protest. What a joke.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 07/14/10 - 07:34 pm
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To assert that Ben Harbin,

To assert that Ben Harbin, Wayne Frazier or others after arrest are receiving special treatment in court shows just how little you know of our court system. People of ALL WALKS OF LIFE get break after break, even violent repeat offenders. Our court system is simply set up this way. Now, you may be right in the fact that those who can afford the best attornies may get the best break but other than that, the system as a whole is just weak and doles out weak punishments. If anything, high profile cases such as this are often under more scrutiny and the judges, etc. must ensure they do not treat the offender any better than they do others. Since you can often read about people getting the FOURTH conviction of a DUI with little to no previous punishment, this case shouldn't suprise anyone.

Waymore
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Waymore 07/14/10 - 07:59 pm
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I wonder why the officer

I wonder why the officer withdrew his request for suspension. Maybe someone "suggested" that maybe he should..good career move, I'd say.

makemydaypunk
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makemydaypunk 07/14/10 - 07:54 pm
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A high school school

A high school school principal should me a roll model for his or her students. This does not send a good message for students starting to drive. He should be FIRED from his ($96,730.22) job.

dodo1234
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dodo1234 07/14/10 - 08:07 pm
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Hey, AUSTIN RHODES. It's

Hey, AUSTIN RHODES. It's reckless driving, not Wreckless driving. Just thought I would correct you, since you try to act like an English Major. Your wife needs to spank you for that.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/14/10 - 08:14 pm
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If this had been anyone else

If this had been anyone else there license would be GONE! This proves that those at the top of the ladder can do whatever they want and then look down their noses at you but they don't have to follow the same rules. I am disgusted.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 07/14/10 - 08:12 pm
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BTW didn't we just see early

BTW didn't we just see early this summer a teacher who was FIRED because she allegedly "helped" kids too much. She wasn't out driving while under the influence endangering anyone's life. Yet she was FIRED!! This guy was out drinking and partying then choose to drive thus endangering people who don't drink and drive. Sickening.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 07/14/10 - 08:14 pm
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What happened to the moral

What happened to the moral clause part of his contract? People with money get more breaks than people without!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/14/10 - 08:38 pm
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I spent a whole lotta time in

I spent a whole lotta time in the hallway outside the principal's office when I was a teenager, waiting to get chastised by him, but I must say if my principals had looked like this guy I probably would only have gone once!

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/14/10 - 08:45 pm
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They didn't want to scare the

They didn't want to scare the little children waiting at the school bus stop. Can you imagine him heading to work on a moped. Yikes!

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/14/10 - 08:48 pm
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Austin, under normal

Austin, under normal circumstances, first offense is as you say. The difference is his refusal of a breathalyzer pre-empts first offense by automatic revocation of license for one year.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/14/10 - 09:00 pm
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Only in Augusta.

Only in Augusta.

dani
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dani 07/14/10 - 09:07 pm
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oops

oops

purmkinhed
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purmkinhed 07/14/10 - 09:29 pm
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WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL****! If

WHAT A BUNCH OF BULL****! If that were any other average person that would never have happened. By law, if you refuse a breathalizer test then they WILL take you down to the local hospital for a blood test. Why wasn't that done huh???? I smell some corruption going on here. Whom ever is above that judge needs to RECSIND that judge's license to practice law!

evans-resident
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evans-resident 07/14/10 - 09:32 pm
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way to set an example! really

way to set an example!
really paving the way on teaching teens how to behave themselves

cleanup
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cleanup 07/14/10 - 09:35 pm
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Bad principal, corrupt human,

Bad principal, corrupt human, politically connected wife, plenty of money.

No justice.

sassygirl8
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sassygirl8 07/14/10 - 09:53 pm
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He almost favors Mr T on

He almost favors Mr T on rocky..He looks as if he could really hurt someone..cheer up dude you get to keep your job

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