HICKORY – A Bunker Hill High School assistant principal was charged with driving while impaired Saturday around the same time the school was conducting its graduation ceremony, according to the Hickory Police Department arrest report.
Jonathan Andrew Stiles was arrested at Catawba Valley Community College at approximately 4:11 p.m., which was 11 minutes after the start of the graduation, according to the report.
In the HPD officer’s report, the “defendant was involved in a vehicle accident,” and there “was a smell of alcohol on the defendant’s breath.”
The officer then says the “defendant failed (the field) sobriety test.”
Stiles’ blood alcohol level was recorded at .16, which is twice the legal limit, according to a court document.
The assistant principal is scheduled to appear in court July 26.
Employees arrested due to a drug or alcohol charge have five days following the arrest to disclose the incident to the superintendent, according to the Catawba County Schools substance abuse and alcohol testing policy.
Conviction on a “work-related” alcohol or drug charge could lead to termination or other disciplinary actions, according to the policy.
Those employees who, “while engaging in Catawba County School’s business,” behave “in an abnormal manner sufficient to cause reasonable suspicion that he/she has violated (the policy)” will be required to undergo testing for alcohol or other drugs.
Employees testing positive are not allowed to hold "safety-sensitive positions," according to the policy.
An employee who has tested positive but is not fired will have an opportunity to resume a safety-sensitive position following the completion of a rehabilitation program.