Principal Arrested For Allegedly Driving Drunk

A principal faces charges after police say they arrested him for driving drunk.

Madison Middle School principal Bradley Winkler was pulled over early Saturday morning on Lexington Road, north of Richmond.

The Madison County Sheriff says Winkler was driving erratically, crossed the center line several times, and went through a stop sign.

When a deputy approached his car, the Sheriff says Winkler smelled of alcohol and failed all sobriety tests.

Court papers show Winkler had a blood alcohol level of .19.

Madison County School District officials say they do not comment on issues involving personnel.

But they did confirm Winkler is still the principal at Madison Middle.

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  • by Rhonda Location: Richmond on May 8, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    What has been done since he was convicted of DUI? Has he resigned or been fired, it has to be one or the other. He has prior convictions in other school districts as well. Parents, like me are tired of this being upheld by our local school board. They need to let the public know if he has resigned or if he is being fired. We all know that the board would never allow him to remain as principal after this conviction. We cannot stand by and let our school system be constantly disgraced like this. As a parent, I feel like he needs to go ASAP and find a new principal that will uphold the rules set forth by the board. Surely, by now they have gotten the message that parents want him OUT. Please read these comments carefully, parents are sick of this. He must now face the consequences for his actions. I am a very concerned parent because I have a child that was going to be enrolled there, however, this will not happen if he even thinks of staying. Taxpayers do not deserve this, please go.
  • by russell stewart Location: richmond on May 8, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    I would like to know why this man still is principal at this school. He has been arrested, convicted, and needs to resign in order to stop the embarrassmet of being publicly fired. I haven't seen anything in the paper about his resignation as of today. We must hold school officials accountable, just like teachers, he is no better than any other school employee. Our board of ed people need to step up to the plate and as they have publicly stated, "kids first". Finally, we know that he was on his way to "work" when arrested. Something has to be done, I have grandchildren that need to go to school there, now we are going to homeschool them or put them in a private school which will cost a lot of money. I refuse to have my grandchildren in the same building with this man. This is outrageous behavior, and reflects bad on our local board. My property taxes are building these new schools, that we really don't need. Finally, Mr. Winkler must go one way or the other ASAP.
  • by mike Location: US on Nov 14, 2008 at 01:08 AM
    Reality shows and the Internet have not created a more ridiculous world, they have only promoted the outrageous things that are already going on. You're a dad in Tennessee who's had 15 brewskies and an unknown quantity of other liquor, your female company is under the influence of something and has a pocket full of pills, and you need to get home. Thankfully there are three kids in the group, and the 10-year-old is probably straight up enough to drive the van. But who knew the kid would think 90 mph was an appropriate cruising speed and then flip the van over? A few police later – after the woman has tried "to swallow as many pills as she could" – the adults got a much more relaxed ride to the pokey and the kids got passport into state care. ---------------- mike DUI
  • by Phillip Location: Berea, Ky on Oct 17, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    I just can't believe that Mr. Winkler got arrested for a DUI. I heard that he was on his way to work when he got arrested. If that's the case, think about how this must be affecting his decisions on a daily basis at work. I think the school system should look into this very seriously. He could be drinking while at school as well. He needs to realize that this matter is not going away, resign ASAP and lets put a Principal at MMS that truly has self-respect, and can effectively manage the school. He should be ashamed to face the parents, and students, and communtiy leaders. I am sick of this because nothing has been done to remedy this problem. His boss needs to step up to the plate, address the public, and announce the new Principal at MMS. This is the talk of the town, everywhere I go all I hear is talk of who is going to replace Mr. Winkler. The people deserve to know when he will resign.
  • by Russell Location: Richmond on Oct 16, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    When I found out about Mr. Winkler getting arrested for KUI, my first thought was, could it be the same one that is Principal at MMS? Once I found it that it was the same man, I was blown away. Principals are held to a much higher standard because they are in charge of hundreds of children, not including creating relaionships with the community business leaders,parents, and faculty. He deserves to be brought down to earth. You just don't do this type of thing when you are constantly in the public eye. I would have thought that he would resign by now, he should go ahead and get it over with. He's bringing disgrace to that school and our county school system. He knew better, and he knew the consequences to getting a DUI. It's all over the news and is the talk of the county. He has to suffer the conseqences to this public offense. From what I have heard already, he needs to find a new way to make a living.
  • by Brad Location: Richmond on Oct 13, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    This comment is for Winkler only. Brad, I challenge you to admit your wrong doing and to step down from principal at MMS. After all, you haven't really had a good run at MMS anyway. I'd image you have made more enemies than friends. If you thing you're pulling the wool over Richmond's eyes, you've got another thing coming. Are you up for the challenge? A Concerned Parent
  • by Brad Location: Madison County on Oct 13, 2008 at 01:54 PM
    Many of you are defending Winkler because you say "you know him, and he's a great principal." Wow! How far from the truth this is. Also, this is not very objective, bringing your personal opinions into a matter such as this. Personal opinions are irrelevant. The man is a principal who oversees hundreds of students and tens of faculty and staff members. If he can't stand the heat as principal maybe he should try another profession. Better yet, maybe he should take his drinking and driving back to Mississippi. This action will not go unnoticed. Taxpayers will see to it that Winkler gets the proper punishment. After all, without taxpayers there would be no way to pay Winkler. Always consider the source of payment and never forget that the source can take away what they have paid. Which brings another interesting point - Winkler is drinking and driving on taxpayer money - THAT IS WHERE HIS SALARY COMES FROM-- JOHN Q. TAXPAYER
  • by marie Location: north carolina on Oct 4, 2008 at 09:03 PM
    Lynne, Until you have been in a situation, you have no idea what you would do. It's true he and other educators should be held to a higher standard. They are. Educators have a code of ethics that they have to abide by in order to keep their license. They also pass a background check as well as drug/alcohol testing. You have obviously already made up your mind that he is guilty. He may well be. But it is reassuring that there are fine upstanding citizens such as yourself out there to police the area and manage our conscience. If he is charged and convicted he should serve the time, and I am sure he will. I just wonder if you or any of your family members have ever erred. To be quite honest, you do not know me, nor what has occured in my life. So do not assume what my thoughts or feelings would be. This is a forum for opinions, and I have my own. You are welcome to yours. I would encourage you to think, and perhaps develope some empathy.
  • by firefighter 719 mfrd Location: paris on Oct 3, 2008 at 03:46 AM
    Well the say be a leader and not a follower so yes i'm sure kids did look up to him but I have to say he messed up. People like this is why when it wet, cold, and hot out no matter what the weather is like we have to go out. And all of you all taking up for this fool just think what is he did have an mva and killed someone and then you find out it was your child,mom,dad,brother,sister then you would feel bad and ready to sue his family. And to let you know because of alcohol I have had to go with out my dad, He was drunk and had an mva and died and the man he hit is now in a wheel chair for life. So even though my dad is dead I will tell you he was dumb for what he done and now a man is paying for it when all he was doing was going to work
  • by lynne Location: richmond on Oct 2, 2008 at 09:01 PM
    i have a question for marie and mintayy.... what if mr. winkler had hit your car head on and killed one of your family members, would you have been so easy on this guy. drinking and driving is not acceptable behavior or will it ever be. he should be held to a higher standard because he is in charge of our children and that in its self says alot!!!!!!!!!!!he should be put on leave until he can prove he was not drinking and can clear his name,but chances are he cant do that...if you do the crime then he should do the time and if losing his job is the result of his stupidity then so be it!!!!!!!!!!
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