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#Auburn principal charged with #DWI after being found unconscious in car near #school


Auburn, N.Y. — The principal of an Auburn elementary school was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after she was found unconscious in her car at 10:39 a.m. today near the school, according to state police.

Richenda Walter, 43, of Scipio Center, was arrested after a passerby saw her unconscious behind the wheel of her car on Adams Avenue near Owasco Elementary School where she is the principal, police said.

Walter had a blood alcohol count of .25. Drivers are charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated when they have blood alcohol counts of .18 or higher. The penalty for that violation is a fine of $1,000 to $2,500, a maximum jail term of one year and driver license revocation for at least one year.

Walter was released and has to appear in Town of Owasco Court Nov. 24.

Walter was named principal of Owasco Elementary last year. Walter previously served as a kindergarten teacher at both Casey Park and Seward Elementary schools.

Walter’s salary is $78,723, according to See Through NY, a website that reports on public employee salaries.

Officials of the Auburn Enlarged School District could not be reached to comment on the arrest.

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