Boyle coach charged with DUI

November 30, 2004|TODD KLEFFMAN

A Boyle County teacher and assistant football coach who was arrested over the weekend on a DUI charge will not face any immediate disciplinary action from the school system.

Chris Mason, 34, of Perryville, was arrested early Sunday morning on Upper Salt River Road after Boyle County Deputy Al Isaacs responded to a call about a truck that had "slipped off a driveway and got lodged against a tree," Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin said.

Mason was given a blood test at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and lodged in the Boyle County Detention Center, before being released later that morning, Hardin said. It could be a month before results of the blood test are known.

Paul Elwyn, spokesman for Boyle County Schools, said today that Mason, a social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, returned to work Monday and that the school system has no plans at this time take any disciplinary action.


The team competes for its sixth consecutive state championship Saturday in Louisville.

"What happened happened on his own time. We have not even considered pulling him off the job," Elwyn said. "We have policies regarding DUI in the workplace, but he was off duty," Elwyn continued. "We know Chris. He's been with us for 10 years. To our knowledge this is the first such incident like this.

"We're not dodging anything. We're concerned about it. We expect all of our employees to be positive role models for our students. It's going to be a month before we have the results from the blood test. I think it's reasonable that we don't take any action at this point."

Hardin said Mason was apparently turning around in the driveway at 660 Upper Salt River Road when his pickup truck got off the pavement and stuck against a tree. The situation was reported at 2:32 a.m., Hardin said.

Mason was not injured in the incident and the truck received only minor damage, Hardin said.

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