CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate assistant principal has been placed on paid leave after he was charged with driving under the influence following a crash in Charleston County.
According to a Charleston County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy was called to Highway 174 and Toogoodoo Road in regards to a crash on Dec. 27, 2018.
When the deputy arrived on-scene, they saw a gray 2007 Chevrolet Silverado that had crashed into a tree on the side of the Highway 174.
The driver, Justin Trent Leopard, 37, of Greenwood, was sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle and was being treated by EMS.
According to the report, the deputy saw several bottles of unopened Fireball Cinnamon Whisky across the passenger seat and on the floor board.
EMS crews on-scene said Leopard was demonstrating signs of being intoxicated, and was trying to back to the truck out of the tree when they arrived at the location.
Leopard denied EMS and said he wasn’t injured. He reportedly tried to stand on his own to open the back door, but he fell to the ground.
According to the report, Leopard had slurred speech, was unable to stand on his own and couldn’t answer questions. He also refused to perform field sobriety tests at the scene.
Leopard was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash. His dog was also reportedly inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. A deputy responded and took custody of Leopard’s dog, and the dog was taken to an animal shelter.
According to the report, Leopard was taken to Center Point Medical Facility for treatment, and was later cleared and transferred to Al Cannon Detention Center.
Sheriffs Office officials said Leopard blew a .20 BAC and was charged with DUI.
Leopard was released from jail on Dec. 28, 2018 after posting bond.
Greenwood County School District 52’s Superintendent Rex Ward confirmed that Leopard is an assistant principal at Edgewood Middle School in Ninety Six, and said Leopard has been placed on paid leave following his arrest.
According to the report, Leopard’s next court date has been set for March 12.