A high profile Texas school football coach has been arrested and charged with DWI, according to reports.
The Dallas Morning News reported Cedar Hill High School’s coach Joey McGuire was arrested on the morning of April 10, 2015.
Cedar Hill ISD confirmed the arrest in a statement that said McGuire was arrested in Tarrant County early Friday morning, for an alleged Driving While Intoxicated incident.
The coach voluntarily reported the incident to CHISD Administration “as soon as he was able to do so,” the statement said. “We are still in the process of gathering information and will handle any discipline internally and take appropriate action.”
The statement went on to say Coach McGuire is “aware of the impact this will have on the CHISD Community, Cedar Hill High School and the football team he coaches.”
McGuire is a high profile football coach who has led Cedar Hill High’s football team to three state championships . The 43-year-old was booked into the Tarrant County Jail about 4:40 a.m. Friday, according to Terry Grisham, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s office.
He said the Texas Department of Public Safety is the lead agency on the case because a trooper arrested McGuire. Bail was set at $500.
McGuire, a Midlothian resident, has been at Cedar Hill since 1997 and, according to the Dallas Morning News, was elevated from assistant to head coach in December 2002. He has been successful in the role. Cedar Hill won Class 5A Division II championships in 2006 and 2013, and claimed the 6A Division II crown in 2014.
The report said in January, McGuire was offered a position as assistant coach at Texas but turned down the opportunity to join coach Charlie Strong’s staff. “McGuire said he couldn’t pass up the chance to coach his son, Garret, a quarterback who will be a junior at Cedar Hill in the fall.”
The Texas Department of Transportation states someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol every 20 minutes.
In Texas, a person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) when he or she is found to have a .08 BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration). However, a person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Whether you’re the driver or the passenger, you can face a fine of up to $500 for having an open alcohol container in a vehicle.
On occasions the way tests for DWIs are carried out in Texas by troopers or local police officers is flawed. If you are charged with a DWI it can have a very detrimental effect on your life and you should hire an experienced Dallas DWI defense attorney.