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Minnesota school superintendent on leave after second DUI in 2 years

DULUTH, Minn. - The superintendent of the Greenway school district has been placed on leave after his second drunken driving arrest in less than two years.

DULUTH, Minn. - The superintendent of the Greenway school district has been placed on leave after his second drunken driving arrest in less than two years.

Mark Adams faces two gross misdemeanor counts of third-degree driving while impaired after being pulled over by a state trooper last week near Taconite.

Adams, 52, was fined and placed on probation after pleading guilty in September 2014 to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

School Board Chairman Bill Hoeft said Adams was placed on leave at an emergency meeting called Tuesday in response to the superintendent's latest arrest.

"The Greenway School Board will be meeting again to determine the best course of action moving forward," Hoeft said in a statement. "As this is a personnel issue, there is no more the district can say. This event does not in any way detract from the exceptional work happening in our classrooms. Our priority remains doing what is best for our students and staff."


Adams was pulled over by a state trooper on U.S. Highway 169 east of Itasca County Highway 7 at about 10:45 p.m. Friday, according to court documents. The stop was initiated after Adams, traveling west, allegedly failed to dim his high-beam headlights.

"When advised of the reason for the traffic stop, Adams stated that it was a new pickup and he was getting used to it," the criminal complaint states, noting that there was a temporary tag in the rear window.

The trooper detected an odor of alcohol, and Adams admitted to having one alcoholic drink with food at a Pengilly bar, the complaint states. The trooper then had Adams undergo three field sobriety tests, all of which Adams failed.

A breath test taken at the scene indicated an alcohol level of 0.114, the complaint states; one taken at the Itasca County Jail about an hour later indicated an alcohol level of 0.09.

Adams appeared in State District Court in Grand Rapids on Monday and was released from custody with a number of conditions. He is due back in court on April 4.

Adams faced similar charges in July 2014 after he was allegedly seen urinating in the back room of a Grand Rapids convenience store. Authorities said he was arrested at his home after failing field sobriety tests and registering a 0.09 blood-alcohol concentration.

Adams later pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, as prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. He was placed on one year of unsupervised probation, fined $700 and ordered to attend both a chemical dependency evaluation and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving impact panel.

At the time, he declined to comment on the case to the News Tribune, saying "my job is to be a leader and a proactive superintendent of schools, and that's what I'm doing."


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