Former teacher of the year is facing DUI charges

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A former Martin County Teacher of the Year is facing his second DUI charge this year after sheriff's deputies say he wrecked his car while he was drunk. Willie Stepp is also charged with driving on a suspended license.

Martin County School officials say Sheldon Clark High School English teacher Willie Stepp is a former district teacher of the year.
Wednesday night, sheriff deputies found his car wrecked and say he was intoxicated at .296, more than triple the legal limit.

Superintendent Mark Blackburn said of the arrest, "Disappointment and to be quite honest, I was surprised by the arrest."
Officials say Stepp was also charged with DUI in Boyd County in March, something Superintendent Blackburn said he did not know until now.

Martin County deputies charged Stepp with DUI and driving on a suspended license.

"As being an educator and once you are in the education field, you are held to a higher standard than normal citizens in regards to your off time and personal time. There are certain standards and regulations we expect our staff members to uphold." said Blackburn.

The superintendent says he and the legal team are reviewing the case and will take any action before school starts next week.

"We go above and beyond to ensure our students are in a safe and secure site each and everyday, and we'll handle this matter in a swift and appropriate manner," said Blackburn.

Blackburn says there is no evidence Stepp had problems on school time or property.

Stepp is out of jail on bond.

Officials say records show he pleaded guilty to the Boyd County DUI charge in April. We were unable to reach him for comment.

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